DALLAS, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s and women’s cross country teams laced up their shoes for the first time Friday evening and competed in the season’s first meet here at the Misercordia Invitational. The men’s race was a 5K while the women’s race was a 4K.
The Bison men’s team placed sixth overall out of seven teams with 160 team points while the women’s team finished seventh out of seven with 194 points in the early season meet.
Sophomore Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) paced Gallaudet’s men’s team and finished 48th overall out of a field of 77 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 34.76 seconds. Ten spots back was junior Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.) in 58th place (20:16.99) along with Michael Clark (Portland, Ore.) in 59th place (20:21.47). GU newcomers Patrick Shea (Lawron, Okla.) and Braden Forbes (DeLand, Fla.) rounded out the Bison Top 5 scoring runners. Shea crossed the finish line 62nd overall (21:27.17) and Forbes in 65th place (22:20.52). Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) was close in 67th place (22:43.96) followed by Michael Hokanson (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Felix Ramirez (Anaheim, Calif.) in 71st (23:04.72) and 72nd (23:52.23), respectively.
Dickinson College powered through the men’s course and swept the first 10 spots. The Red Devils recorded a perfect score with 15 team points. Senior Ryan Steinbock won the 5K race in 16:05.81. Dickinson, a very deep and strong program, entered 26 runners in the race and they all finished in the top 50 places. Out of the top 30 finishers in the men’s race, 23 hailed from Dickinson. NEAC foe Penn St.-Abington placed fifth overall with 120 team points.
GU had two runners finish in the Top 50 of the women’s race led by Mariah Ransom (Snellville, Ga.) at 42nd place as she crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 50.56 seconds. Junior Crystal Padilla (Riverside, Calif.) was 49th overall with a time of 20:44.72. Junior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) was the third Bison to complete the race as she checked in at 58th (21:34.57). Freshman Allison Tyeryar (Walkersville, Md.) made her collegiate debut and was 64th (22:15.68) followed by senior team captain Radoslava Slavova (Scranton, Pa.) at 70th (23:49.36). Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas) and Roberta Dunlap (West Valley City, Utah) were the other two Bison to finish the race in 71st (25:22.68) and 73rd (26:59.68), respectively.
Marywood senior Diana D’Achille won the 4K race in 15:37.93. Dickinson dominated and won the women’s team title with 20 points, as six of the top seven finishers were Red Devils. NEAC foe Penn St.-Abington placed fourth overall with 130 team points.
Gallaudet is off for a few weeks before running at the Penn St.-Abington Invitational on Sept. 21.