Cross Country Continues to Excel in Delaware

The Walsh twins and Grosenheider
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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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