Sep 6, 2013
VALPARAISO, Ind. -
On a warm, but beautiful day in Valparaiso, Ind., the University of Notre Dame men's and women's cross country teams kicked off the 2013 season with impressive individual victories at the Crusader Open as sophomore Sydni Meunier won the women's title, while senior Patrick Lesiewicz claimed the men's crown at Sunset Hills Park.
The women's squad saw their first six runners cross the finish line before an opposing competitor as the Irish earned an easy victory over the host Valparaiso Crusaders and Western Michigan Broncos. Notre Dame totaled just 15 points to 61 for Valpo and 63 for WMU.
The team victory was the first for the Irish since 2010 and the seventh overall since Notre Dame began racing at the event in 1999.
Leading the charge for Notre Dame was Meunier, who claimed the 5K victory in 17:57.7. Meunier is just the sixth Irish female to win the race and the first since Theresa Cattuna in 2009.
Juniors Emily Frydrych (2nd - 18:09.7) and Karen Lesiewicz (3rd - 18:10.8) followed Meunier. Senior McKenzie Schulz placed fourth (18:17.8), while freshmen Elli Brady (5th - 18:22.8) and Gabrielle Thivierge (6th - 18:23.7) closed out the top six for the Irish.
The men's squad claimed second for the third consecutive year after losing to IUPUI by just a single point - 28-27.
Lesiewicz became the eighth Irish men's runner to capture the Crusader Open crown and the first since Paul Springer in 2010. The Schaumburg, Ill., native completed the 6K course in 19:11.8 and was joined in the top five by fellow Irish competitors Scott Milling (3rd - 19:20.7) and Kevin Durham (5th - 19:35.7).
Notre Dame returns to action in two weeks when it plays host to the 34th
annual National Catholic Championships Friday, Sept. 21 at the Notre Dame Golf Course.
For more information on the Notre Dame men's and women's cross country teams follow UND.com, Facebook (Facebook.com/NDXCTF) and Twitter (@NDXCTF).
1. Notre Dame - 15 Points
2. Valparaiso - 61 Points
3. Western Michigan - 63 Points
1. IUPUI - 27 Points
2. Notre Dame - 28 Points
3. Valparaiso - 81 Points
Women's Results (33 Total Runners)
1. Sydni Meunier - 17:57.7
2. Emily Frydrych - 18:09.7
3. Karen Lesiewicz - 18:10.8
4. McKinzie Schulz - 18:17.9
5. Elli Brady - 18:22.8
6. Gabrielle Thivierge - 18:23.7
10. Megan Kilbride - 19:14.1
15. Kelsey Amarosa - 19:46.8
17. Kaileen Healy - 19:59.2
Men's Results (27 Total Runners)
1. Patrick Lesiewicz - 19:11.9
3. Scott Milling - 19:20.7
5. Kevin Durham - 19:35.7
9. Johnny Fuller - 19:45.2
10. Jack Riely - 19:55.2
11. Nicholas Laureano - 19:57.1
17. Dayton Flannery - 21:14.2