Sept. 21, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – Four Saturdays, four races, 27,000 meters and four second-place finishes. Those numbers sum up the opening half of the Seton Hall men’s cross country schedule as the Pirates wrapped up the lead up to the championship season by striding their way to a fourth-consecutive runner-up effort this morning at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational.
The entire SHU top-five were among the first 13 runners to complete 8K course as The Hall finished the day with a team score of 47 points. Only Norfolk State (38 points) posted a lower total on the day.
Sophomore Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J.) shot to the front of the pack; leading the squad for the second time in his career with a fourth-place overall finish. His time of 27:18.43 represents a new personal record and is the second time in as many weeks he has reset his individual standard.
Freshman Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) extended his streak of finishing among the squad’s top-two to four straight races; leading a trio of Pirates that crossed the line within six seconds of each other by posting a ninth-place time of 27:55.93. A central figure in the team’s early season surge, Ricci has placed in the top-11 overall in all four of his career races to this point.
Flannery and Ricci have finished 1-2 for the squad in every outing during the 2013 season. With
Saturday’s results, the sophomore overtook his freshman counterpart for lowest average score on the team. To this point in the year, Flannery’s individual point total is a paltry 22 (5.5/meet) while Ricci’s is higher by the slightest of margins as his nine-point performance at UMES bumped him up to 23 points on the year, an average of 5.75 per race.
Senior Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) came in 10th-place, recording a 28:00.26 effort that narrowly edged teammate Sean Kip (Union, N.J.) who placed 11th with a final mark of 28:01.49. Johnston and Kip have now each scored in three-of-four meets this season. In addition, Kip has ranked among the team’s top-five in each of the last three weeks, joining Flannery, Ricci and fellow freshman Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) in achieving the feat.
Quisenberry ranked third on the squad in each of his first three collegiate races and on Saturday turned in a time of 28:16.59 that was good enough to collect his third top-13 overall finish of the year.
Sophomore Jacob Bast (St. Louis, Mo.) made his season-debut on Saturday and performed well. A five-time scorer as a freshman, Bast placed sixth on the team in his first time out this season, recording a time of 28:47.85 that was 17th-best on the day. Sophomore Walter Grosenheider (Madison, Wisc.) came in just over two seconds later (28:49.90, 18th) as the newcomer continued to display the consistency that has seen him place among the team’s top-seven in all four of his career races.
The Seton Hall cross country teams will be off from competition for the next two weeks and will look to carry their momentum into an October 11 date at the Metropolitan Championships. The meet will showcase some of the best teams in the region and will once again be held at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y.
Start-time is set for 1:30 p.m.