Cross Country Continues to Excel in Delaware

The Walsh twins and Grosenheider

Seton Hall’s men and women’s cross country teams both gave impressive performances at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday.

Leading the men’s team was freshman Jake Simon, who secured a team-leading time of 27:16:18 at the 8K mark. Simon had the third-fastest time among 108 other Division I male competitors. Senior Kevin Walsh was the next of the Pirates to finish with a personal-best 8K time of 27:36:44. He took 11th place overall.

Senior John Walsh ranked third for the Pirates and took a top-15 overall finish with his time of 27:52:22, besting his previous 8K time by nearly 90 seconds.

Coming in after Walsh were freshman Jeff Larson and sophomore Sean Kip who placed among the top-20 overall for the day.

Sophomore Victor Ricci and junior Walter Grosenheider finished just outside the scoring group for the Pirates. Ricci finished with a time of 28:16:01, while Grosenheider crossed the line at 28:18:82.

Freshman Christina Rutkowski led the women to a third place finish for the 6K at the invitational. This was Rutkowski’s third consecutive team-leading performance. She clocked in at 23:26:70, earning her fourth place out of 150 Division I female runners.

Fellow freshman Emily Johnson boasted a time of 24:21:29, earning her first top-10 finish. Johnson is now among fellow Pirate runners Amanda Quaglia, Bailey Seach and Desyre Blackburn to record a scoring time this season.

Junior Quaglia secured a 12th place overall with a time of 24:32:73, matching a season-best by placing third among 14 pirates.

Blackburn took 16th place (24:42:69) while Seach was not far behind at 22nd place (25:31:01).

The Pirates finished overall with a team score of 59 while host Delaware won the title with a score of 25.

Both teams have a week off from competition before traveling to Daytona Beach, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 27th for the Asics-Embry Riddle Classic.

Author: Staff Writer

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