Aug 31, 2013
MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – Three underclassmen led the way as the Seton Hall men’s cross country team came within one point of claiming a team victory in their first meet of the season, finishing behind only hosts Monmouth at the Monmouth XC Kickoff on Saturday.
SHU finished with a team total of 35 points, only one more than the Hawks who took the Division I team competition with a final mark of 34 points.
The meet also featured three Division III squads including defending NCAA Atlantic Region Champions NYU who accounted for three of the top-four efforts overall.
The Hall’s strong performance was boosted by exceptional showings from some of the team’s newest members as freshmen Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) and Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) joined sophomore captain Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J.) among the top-eight Division I finishers at the meet.
Ricci, a former Rhode Island cross country champion posted a 6K time of 19:41.4 to place third among all Division I competitors, just under six seconds ahead of Flannery who was the fourth DI runner to cross the line (19:47.3), edging Monmouth’s top finisher Anthony Branco who clocked in four-tenths of a second later.
Quisenberry ranked eighth in the division with a final time of 20:05.3 in his collegiate debut while another freshman Alex Mallue (Canton, Ohio), came in just outside the top-10 with a 20:28.8 effort that was the 12th-best individual time among the four Division I teams represented.
Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) rounded out the team’s top-five in the first meet of his senior season with a time of 20:51.6, finishing back-to-back with freshman Sean Kip (Union, N.J.) (20.54.0) to make it six Pirates among the top-15 in the division.
Freshman Walter Grosenheider (Madison, Wisc.) (21:15.6) and junior Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) (21:16.0) finished within .4 seconds of each other in 18th and 19th place respectively, while newcomer Ryan Moumblow (Staten Island, N.Y.) was also a top-25 Division I finisher, posting a time of 22:08.6.
The Pirates finished comfortably ahead of both St. Francis College and Wagner. By comparison, the Seton Hall men’s team placed sixth out of seven total squads at the event last year, finishing the day with 159 points and just one representative; senior Jared Hanko, in the top-25.
Both cross country teams will be back in action next Saturday, September 7 when they compete at the St. John’s –Hofstra Fall Festival, hosted on St John’s Oakdale campus. The men will run 5K and the women will run 4K.