Oct. 11, 2013
BRONX, N.Y. – Many of the area’s best cross country teams took to the course at the famed Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday afternoon as the Seton Hall men joined 10 other squads in vying for the right to be called Metropolitan Champions.
NYU ultimately defended its title, powered by a 1-2-3 finish, but an improved Pirates team continued to turn actual strides into metaphorical ones. SHU finished in eighth place in the 8K race with a team score of 199, placing one spot better than a year ago while reducing their team score by nearly 50 points.
At the end of the meet, The Hall was one of five squads who had seven runners register individual scores of 47 points or less in the 117-man field. By comparison, only two SHU men came in at 47 or under at the Metropolitan Championships in 2012.
The story of the day was the collective performance of SHU’s talented freshman class as four first-year competitors placed among the team’s top-five. Sean Kip (Union, N.J.) continued to show that he is an emerging force on the squad, leading the squad for the first time in his career with a time of 27:59.06 that was the 41st-fastest time overall. Kip has now scored in four consecutive outings and along with Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) and Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) is part of a freshmen trio that has contributed 14 scoring times combined through five events.
Quisenberry finished right on Kip’s heels on Saturday, collecting a season-best second place team finish by crossing just over one second later (28:00.30).
Senior Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) posted the third-best time on the squad, clocking in at 28:22.93. Johnston was the 59th overall finisher on the men’s side and his score of 41 points led a series of five Pirates that completed the race within 9 spots of each other.
Ricci placed 64th, scoring for the fifth consecutive meet with a final time of 28:33.25. Another freshman in Alex Mallue (Canton, Ohio) rounded out the team’s top-five with a 66th-place time of 28:39.65, scoring for the second time this season and the first since the opener at Monmouth.
Mallue was immediately followed to the line by teammates Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) and Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J.) who finished 67th and 68th overall respectively.
Seton Hall finished only 13 points behind seventh-place Hofstra and was 44 points clear of ninth-place Fairleigh Dickinson. NYU ran away with the title by finishing with 24 points after placing five runners in the top-10 overall.
The team will be back in action next Saturday, October 19, when Seton Hall heads to Lafayette for the Leopard Invitational. The meet will be the Pirates final appearance prior to the 2013 BIG EAST Championship and is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.