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Cross Country Teams Finish Strong At BC Invitational

Head Coach Thomas

Head Coach Thomas

Sept. 15, 2007

Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The men and women's cross country teams hosted ten different universities from around the northeast and mid-west at the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park on Friday Sept. 14.

The women placed second in the 5K race, finishing with 64 points. The Eagles had four runners in the top-20 and were led by junior Mallory Champa, who took seventh place in a time of 17:38. Sophomore Brielle Chabot had her career-best performance, coming in ninth in 17:43. Freshman Caroline King, participating in her first collegiate race, ran in a time of 17:45, finishing 11th. Captain Nichole Lister placed 14th for the Eagles (17:53).

Syracuse took top honors in the race with 62 points. Oklahoma State (72), Wake Forest (106) and Providence (116) rounded out the top-five teams. Lauren Rolf, a junior from Valparaiso won the race in a time of 17:14.

The BC men were led by senior Patrick Mellea, who won the 8K race in the last minute, beating out Providence's Tom Webb in a time of 24:23. Captain Tim Ritchie placed ninth for the Eagles, running a 24:51. Junior David Emerson came in 19th place (25:26), giving the Eagles three top-20 finishes and a third place finish with 71 points.

Syracuse won the race with 37 points and seven top-20 finishes. Providence placed second with 52 points while Stony Brook (77) and Iona (119) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The Eagles will travel to South Bend, Ind. to race in the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28 to wrap up the first month of cross country action.

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