Oct. 10, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – On a global scale, a lot has changed since the Seton Hall cross country teams last competed at the UMES Cappy Anderson Invitational nearly three weeks ago.
Within the scope of the program however, legendary head coach John Moon says one thing has remained consistent – the dedication to training that has helped both the men’s and women’s squads exceed even his expectations through the first four meets of the season.
Moon detailed as much in a recent interview with men’s cross country tri-captain Ryan Flannery (Forked River, N.J.) where the two discussed the progression of the program and what is in store for the Pirates during the upcoming championship season.
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Said championship season kicks off tomorrow at what is always one of the most prestigious and spirited events on the schedule as Seton Hall will join the best teams in the region at the 2013 Metropolitan Championships.
The races will again be held at the famed Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, a setting that is notoriously taxing on the competitors.
Flannery, who has emerged as a leader in his second year, was one of four men’s team members who averaged a six-minute mile or better during last year’s trip to the Metros. He completed the 8K course in 29:06.00, the third-best time on the squad. Later in the season when The Hall returned to Van Cortlandt for the conference championship, he improved upon his previous effort by over a minute as he led the squad with a time of 28:01.01.
Fellow tri-captain Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) is the top returning finisher from the 2012 Metropolitan Championships. An experienced runner who is distinctly familiar with the course, Johnston completed the course with an average mile time of 5:44, placing 57th overall.
Sophomore Jacob Bast (St. Louis, Mo.)
, who returned to action last time out after missing several early season races,
ranked fourth on the squad with a final time of 29:53.60 (6:00/mile) and joins junior Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.)
to round out a group of four remaining scorers from a team that placed ninth out of 12 squads a season ago.
Making their first trek through Van Cortlandt will be a pair of Pirate freshman in Cameron Quisenberry (Owensboro, Ky.) and Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) that have played a major role in the team’s success early on, each scoring in all four meets to this point in the season. Ricci led SHU in the first three events of the season and has finished in the top-11 overall in all four meets. Quisenberry has been a model of consistency for The Hall, ranking third on the squad in three meets so far this year.
Another freshman who has steadily improved and scored for Seton Hall in the team’s last three outings is local product Sean Kip (Union, N.J.). After finishing sixth on the team and just outside the scoring group in his collegiate debut, Kip has put together a string of three consecutive fourth-place team finishes and along with Quisenberry, Ricci and Alex Mallue (Canton, Ohio), is one of four newcomers who have contributed a scoring effort this season.
Overall, the men’s team heads into the Metropolitan Championships with tremendous momentum after recording runner-up finishes in their first four appearances of the year.
The women’s squad has enjoyed similar success, posting three second place finishes of their own; including one at the Cappy Anderson Invitational when they last competed.
Behind the leadership of Nyala Eddings (Chicago, Ill.) and Mary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.), SHU will look to improve upon a strong sixth-place showing at last year’s Metropolitan meet. Eddings and Migton, two of the team’s three captains, have finished 1-2 for the team in all four meets thus far in 2013. Last season, they ranked second and third on the squad respectively at the Metros, finishing behind former Pirate standout Hughnique Rolle who crossed the line among the top-30 runners overall.
Fellow tri-captain Kristen May (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also scored at the meet, finishing fifth on the squad. May has added two more scoring efforts this season and along with Eddings, Migton and sophomore Amanda Quaglia (Reading, Pa.), gives the Seton Hall women four returning scorers from their last trip to the Metropolitan Championships.
After ranking among the Pirates’ top-five in all nine meets as a freshman, Quaglia returned to the scoring group with a fourth-place team finish at the Delaware Invitational.
Early in the season, the women’s team has been powered by noticeably improved depth. After only six females contributed scoring times in nine races a season ago, nine have already cracked the squad’s top-five on at least one occasion this season.
Freshman Desyre Blackburn (Aloha, Ore.) has been at the front of the pack in terms of the new faces in the scoring group, ranking third on the team in all four outings.
Bri Miller (Bayonne, N.J.) has finished fourth for SHU in her last two appearances and is accompanied by sophomore Amanda Catherall (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and junior Allyson Guieb (Robbinsville, N.J.) in a group of three Pirates who have posted their first-ever scoring time this season.
Sophomore Alex Ryan (Aurora, Colo.) has added one scoring effort, a fourth-place team finish in the season opener at Monmouth, after collecting a total of five during her debut campaign.
Both the men’s and women’s squads will look to open the eyes of the area’s top squads when they take to the course on Friday. Competition starts with the women’s 5K race at 1:30 p.m.
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