Sep 6, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – A charged up Seton Hall cross country program is ready to take to the course for the second time in 2013 as both the men’s and women’s squads will toe the line tomorrow at the St. John’s-Hofstra Fall Festival in Oakdale, N.Y. looking to build on impressive second-place finishes in the opener.
The men’s team finished just one point behind hosts Monmouth at last week’s Monmouth XC Kickoff event as a youthful triumvirate led the way for The Hall on the day.
Freshman Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) paced the squad in his collegiate debut, placing third among Division I competitors with a 6K time of 19:41.4. Sophomore captain Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J.) continued to display the form that made him one of the team’s most dependable performers last season as he came in directly behind Ricci, giving the Pirates two finishers ahead of MU’s top man.
Newcomer Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) made his mark in his first race in a Seton Hall uniform as well; finishing third on the squad and eighth among DI entrants. Another freshman in Alex Mallue (Canton, Ohio) came in just outside the top-three on the team and ranked 12th among individuals from four Division I teams that attended the meet.
Senior Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) rounded out team scoring for the SHU men, placing just ahead of teammate Sean Kip (Union, N.J.).
The women’s team heads into Saturday riding the momentum generated by a strong season-opening performance of their own; one which was spearheaded by tri-captains Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.)
, Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.)
and Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.)
Picking up where she left off in the 2012 finale, Eddings was the team’s top finisher and was sixth-best among Division I females. She was immediately followed to the line by Migton in the 4K race as the duo combined to finish eighth and ninth overall.
May put the marked progress that she made over the offseason on display; placing fourth on the squad and posting a top-25 time among the division.
Putting her stamp on her collegiate debut in between impressive showings from the team’s three leaders was freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) who placed 14th in the division and showed why head coach John Moon is excited about the depth his 2013 teams present.
Frequent 2012 scorer Alex Ryan (Aurora, Colo.) came in fifth on the team as the Pirates finished with 60 total points and were bested by only the hosts. Sophomore Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) and junior Allyson Guieb (Robbinsville, N.J.) were close behind, both nearly cracking the scoring unit for the first time in their careers.
On Saturday, Seton Hall will get its first chance to go up against local rival St. John’s as they co-host a meet that will also include teams from Adelphi, Hofstra, Manhattan, Molloy, and Saint. Joseph's.
In the above video, you can hear the three women’s captains discuss the development of the program, last week’s performance and why they relish opportunities like the one they will have tomorrow.
The women’s 4K is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saint John’s University’s Oakdale campus, followed by the men’s 5K race at 11:00 a.m.