FREDERICK, Md. – The Gallaudet University men's and women's cross country teams made the short trip Saturday to Frederick County to compete at the sixth annual Hood College Open at Utica Park where the Bison women's team finished ninth overall while the men's team finished 12th.
The Gallaudet women's team was led by junior Rachel Young (Lessburg, Va.) who finished the 6K course in 30 minutes, 19 seconds to place 52nd overall. Shortly after, junior Crystal Padilla (Riverside, Calif.) crossed the finish line in 66th place (31:49) followed by freshman Allison Tyeryar (Walkersville, Md.) who clocked in at 33:54 in 78th place. Sophomore Elizabeth Reza (Jefferson, Ga.) and senior Roberta Dunlap (West Valley City, Utah) finished back-to-back in 89th (37:31) and 90th place (37:480, respectively. Alyssa Peterson of Hood College won the women's race with a time of 24:43. St. Mary's College of Maryland was first in the women's team standings with 43 points as the Seahawks had four runners finish in the top 10.
Nine runners represented the Gallaudet men's team at the Hood College Open. Sophomore Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) was Gallaudet's top runner and placed 30th overall (29:39) out of 88 runners. A pack of Bison completed Gallaudet's team scoring when they crossed the finish line consecutively in 70th through 73rd place. Junior Braden Forbes (DeLand, Fla.) was the second Bison to complete the 8K course with a time of 34:47 followed by junior Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) in 71st place (34:53). Junior Felix Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif.) and freshman Michael Hokanson (Eau Claire, Wis.) were neck and neck, finished 72nd (35:46) and 73rd (35:49), respectively. Sophomore Brian Llanes (Miami, Fla.) placed 80th (38:27) and was trailed by fellow sophomores Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) and Seth Adkison (College Station, Texas) who crossed the finish line in 39:58 and 40:18, respectively. Sophomore Francisco He Joa (Margate, Fla.) clocked in at 47:44 to wrap up the race for the Bison.
Dan Swain (unattached) was the fastest runner on the 8K course and snagged first place with a time of 27:07. Hagerstown Community College placed first overall in the men's meet.
The Bison do not compete again until the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships, hosted by SUNYIT in Marcy, N.Y., on Nov. 2.