STEELE AND SIMONETTI TABBED CACC RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Bill Steele of Wilmington University and Sarah Simonetti of Philadelphia University have been tabbed the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Male and Female Runners of the Week. Noah Hutton of Philadelphia was named Male Rookie of the Wee k, while Wilmington's Whitney Hora was the pick for Female Rookie of the Week.
Steele, a sophomore from Conowingo, Md., won the individual title at the Wilmington Invitational, crossing the finish line in 28:01.09, winning by 35 seconds. He led the Wildcats to a third place finish as a team.
Simonetti, a junior from Perkasie, Pa., broke her own course record en route to winning the Wilmington Invitational in a 5K time of 19:46.66. She led the Lady Rams to the team championship.
Hutton, a freshman from Plylesville, Md., finished in second place at the Wilmington Invitational in his first collegiate race. He clocked a time of 28:36.63 to lead the Rams to the team title.
Hora, a freshman from Kingsville, Md., earned a third-place finish at the Wilmington Invitational, finishing with a time of 21:12.73. She helped the Wildcats to a third place finish as a team.
Danielle Riley, Wilmington (Jr., Hartly, DE) - Placed second at the WU Invite, crossing in 21:00.55.
Justine Berger, Georgian Court (So., Middletown, NJ) - Ran a 5K time of 20:28 at the Fordham Fiasco.
Tyler Dye, Philadelphia (Jr., Hanover, PA) - Placed third at the Wilmington Invite, with a time of 28:56.60.
CACC Cross Country Notes
Georgian Court - The Georgian Court University squad finished 12th (out of 18 teams) and topped CACC foes Dominican College (13th), Felician College (17th) and Concordia College (18th) at Saturday’s Fordham University Fiasco & Follies in the Bronx, NY. The Lions return to action 9/25 at the Philly Metro Championship.
Philadelphia - PhilaU’s men’s cross country team had an excellent showing at the Wilmington Invitational, capturing first place as three Rams finished in the top four. Freshman Noah Hutton (Plylesville, MD/North Harford) finished in second place, junior Tyler Dye (Hanover, PA/Delone Catholic) took third place and sophomore Kipregeno Kirui (Rift Valley, Kenya/Kilgoris HS) came in fourth. Also finishing in the top ten for the Rams were sophomore Scott Murphy (Washington Township, NJ/Westwood High School), who finished in ninth place, and senior Schneider Eliassaint (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia Senior), who took the tenth spot. On the women’s side, the Lady Rams also took first place at Wilmington. Junior Sarah Simonetti (Perkasie, PA/Pennridge H.S.) broke her own course record to lead all runners. Her finishing time of 19:46.66 was 35 seconds better than her finish in last year’s race. Overall, six Rams placed in the top 10. Freshman Christina Wetzel (Littleton, MA/Nashoba Valley Tech. H. S.), junior Anjelica DiNucci (Baltimore, MD /Dulaney High), junior Gabrielle Dei Tos (Freeland, PA/MMI Prep H.S.) and freshman Chelsea Attaway (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) finished fourth through seventh, respectively. Sophomore Meghan McAdorey (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll HS) took tenth place. The Rams will look for their second-straight win at the Philadelphia Metro Championships on Saturday (9/25).
USciences - The USciences men recorded a second place finish at the Wilmington Invitational, narrowly losing to defending champion Philadelphia 28-40. Sciences placed four runners in the top 10 and all seven scorers in the top 20. The team had the smallest 1-5 gap amongst the teams with their first five runners finishing just 1:43 apart. Junior Georgiy Polyak (Dingman’s Ferry, Pa.) was the Devils top finisher for the second week in a row, placing fifth overall with a time of 29:33.02. The women’s team took second place at Wilmington, trailing only regionally ranked Philadelphia in the team standings. The Devils placed four runners in the top 15 and six in the top 20. Abby Kearns (Scranton, Pa.) and Jordan Lyons (Sewell, N.J.) were the Devils top two finishers with each recording a personal best time. Kearns finished eighth with a time of 21:48.94 and Lyons ninth (21:54.81).