By Thomas Brouillard
The C.W. Post University Menís and Womenís Cross Country squad saw action away from the New York area for the second consecutive week. They competed in the Disney Classic Invitational this past weekend at Walt Disney Worldís Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida.
There were several breakout performances on the menís side allowing them to place 8th out of 21 teams. Finishing first for the men in the 8k race (5 miles) was sophomore Christian Altamura, who placed 15th overall and finished in 25:39. Altamuraís time was the fastest by a Pioneer in the Disney classic since the early 1990ís. ìI knew what I wanted to do today and I went for it,î said Altamura. ìThatís what you have to do in order to win.”
Finishing second was graduate student Vince Giambanco who posted a time of 26:08, just shy of his personal best. Coming in third was Matthew OíKeefe who posted a personal best time of 26:33. Following OíKeefe shortly after was freshman Joseph Lasher. For the second week in a row, Lasher set a personal best time clocking in at 26:45. Rounding out the top five for the menís squad was Thomas Speicher who ran 27:17.
The lady Pioneerís competed in a 5k race (3.1 miles) and placed 18th out of 25 teams. Sophomore Caitlin Smith once again crossed the finish line first posting a time of 20:38 placing 95th overall out of 225 runners. Coming in second was freshman Jenn McLaughlin who clocked in at 20:57. Right on her heels was freshman Angelica Price, who ran a time of 21:01. Rounding out the fourth and fifth spots was graduate student Erin Lusenskas (21:13) and Katherine Wilkens (21:26). ìWe had several breakout performances this week,î said assistant coach Christa Morris. ìAll the hard work that these runners have put in over the summer and throughout the season is paying off when we need it to.”
The Pioneer’s will be back in action on Saturday October 23rd when they compete in the St. Josephs Invitational in Kings Park, NY.