Syracuse Cross Country Cruises to victory over Colgate

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The Syracuse men’s and women’s cross country teams scored victories at the Harry Lang Invitational at Colgate on Saturday. The men swept the top five, scoring 15 perfect points for the men while the women got six of the top seven spots for the women.

On the men’s side, rookie Kevin Robertson won the men’s race with a time of 19: 35.5, closely followed by compatriot Ethan Wechsler in 19: 44.2. Senior Jack Whetstone was third in 19: 52.0 followed by second Nathan Lawler in 20: 03.5. To round out the squad, junior Matthew Dragon was fifth in 20: 33.8.

The five men, even making a wrong turn extending the distance of the course, finished at least a minute and a half over Colgate’s first runner, sophomore William Crounse (22: 14.3)

On the women’s side, ‘Cuse scored 20 points against 40 for Colgate, securing the victory. Rookie Olivia Joly crossed the finish line in second in the 4,800-meter race in 18: 20.3. Sophomore Emily Nugent crossed the finish line in third (18: 31.3), followed by Maddie Heintz (18: 35.3), junior Siobhan O’Keefe (18: 58.2) and Bethany Steiner (19: 02.5). Rookie Caroline Kirby was seventh (19: 08.7). Colgate senior Sophia Manners won the race in 18: 03.2.

“We have a lot of young women,” said head coach Brien Bell, speaking of the decision to let most of the women’s team rest for the first competition of the season. “It’s beneficial to have a little rust for their first college race rather than going into a more serious race next week against a lot of good teams at Penn State.”

The entire ‘Cuse team will travel to Penn State on Friday, September 10 to participate in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational.

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