Oct. 19, 2013
EASTON, PA. – The Seton Hall men’s cross country took its first crack at a 5-mile course this season when they hit the course at Metzgar Fields for the Leopard Invitational hosted by Lafayette University on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates were competing for the final time prior to the 2013 BIG EAST Championship, ultimately finishing ninth in the 12-team field.
Sophomore Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J) returned to the top of the lineup after battling an injury last time out at the Metropolitan Championships, finishing with the top time on the squad and 54th overall with a time of 27:25.10 that equates to better than a 5:30/mile pace.
Senior Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) crossed the line slightly over 10 seconds later in 58th place (27:35.30) and was immediately followed to the finish by freshman Sean Kip (Union, N.J.) who clocked in at 27:36.07 to rank in the top-three on the team for the second consecutive meet after leading The Hall at the Mets. Kip has also now scored in all five meets since finishing sixth on the team in the season-opener.
Freshman Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) recorded a time of 27:47.56 that was fourth-fastest on the squad and ranked 67th in a field that included 143 male competitors while classmate Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) posted a time of 28:13.19 to place fifth among the 13 Pirates in action and 83rd overall.
With the efforts, the newcomers Quisenberry and Ricci remain the only members of the team who have scored in every meet to this point in the season.
Another freshman in Alex Mallue (Canton, Ohio)
narrowly missed out on scoring for the second-straight week and the third time this season, finishing sixth on the squad after reaching the finish in 2:17.29.
Junior Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.) picked up a 90th-place finish with a time of 28:21.24, helping the Pirates finish as one of six teams to boas seven runners who recorded an individual score of 65 points or less.
Seton Hall finished with a team score of 239 while American University won the Leopard Invitational for the second-straight year with a combined total of 21 points.
The finish wraps up a regular season in which the men’s team recorded four runner-up finishes and on three occasions was within nine points of capturing a team victory. A trip to Marquette for the BIG EAST championship awaits in two weeks-time, as the Pirates will look to make their mark on the conference’s biggest stage when they go head-to-head with some familiar foes as well as some fresh faces.
The 2013 BIG EAST Championship will be held at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course on Saturday, November 2. Start-time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. central.