ABINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Lorimer Park in Abington, Pa., for the Penn St.-Abington Cross Country Invitational where the Bison placed fourth and seventh overall, respectively, as three runners set new personal records.
Sophomore Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) was the first Bison to finish the 8K course as he crossed the finish line ninth overall with a time of 33 minutes, 31 seconds. Freshman Michael Clark (Portland, Ore.) was close behind, in 14th place, with a time of 33:48. Junior Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.) was the third GU runner to place in the Top 21 slots as he finished 19th (34:31). Contributing to the Bison's fourth-place team finish (102 points) were juniors Braden Forbes (DeLand, Fla.) and Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.), who were neck-and-neck, finishing 38th (38:29) and 39th (38:34), respectively. Freshman Patrick Shea (Lawron, Okla.) completed the course in 39 minutes flat in 40th place followed by sophomore Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) who was 50th overall (42:51). Matthews and Davis each recorded personal bests. Sophomore Brian Llanes (Miami, Fla.) finished a spot behind Matthews in 51st (46:23) while sophomore Francisco He Joa (Margate, Fla.) crossed the line in 55th place (58:44). Penn St.-Abington sophomore Alex Kane won the race with a time of 29:26 out of a field of 55 runners. Cairn University won the meet with 49 team points as it had three players finish in the top five. Baptist Bible was second overall (68 points) followed by Penn St.-Abington (72), Gallaudet, Lancaster Bible (104) and Penn St.-Berks (104).
The women's team had five runners compete in the 5K invitational as the Bison compiled 156 team points. Junior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) not only finished first for the Bison but also set a personal record clocking in at 28:06 in 27th place. Junior Crystal Padilla (Riverside, Calif.) crossed the finish line 31st overall (28:48) followed by freshman Allsion Tyeryar (Walkersville, Md.) in 38th place (29:50). Senior Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas) completed the course in 45th place (32:11) while fellow senior Roberta Dunlap (West Valley City, Utah) finished 54th overall (36:49).
The Cairn University women's team completed the sweep as it won with 40 team points as it had five runners finish in the top 12. Penn.St.-Abington freshman Valerie Santangelo won the race with a time of 22 minutes, 58 seconds. Albright was second with 57 points followed by Penn St.-Abington (87), Lancaster Bible (107), Rosemont (120), Penn St.-Berks (121) and Gallaudet.
"We are much stronger now than we were last year at this point of the season. The course was hilly and challenging," said Gallaudet coach Mikaela Gardner. "The men's team was really strong today as we had three runners place in the Top 21. Ivan started the race more aggressively, that is what I need him to do. Rachel is stepping up and racing more aggressively as well."
The Gallaudet cross country teams will make their way to Marcy, N.Y., for the SUNYIT Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 28.