WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet men’s and women’s cross country teams held their first invitational in 23 years today as the Bison hosted eight different teams and 83 runners at Kenilworth Park.
Gallaudet had several runners finish in the Top 20 and many Bison set new personal records on a cool, damp and overcast day. The women's team placed fourth overall with 89 points while the men's team finished sixth with 124 points.
Sophomore Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) had a strong showing, after being injured last season and not finishing last week's race, and stayed with the lead pack for the entire 8K race. Close finished fifth overall as he passed Catholic University of America runner Patrick Jones down the home stretch and crossed the finish line at 29:18.86, a second in front of Jones.
Freshman Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) was the next Bison to finish in 22nd place. Rich also passed a runner near the finish line as he clocked in at 31:39.48. Senior Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) finished in 32nd place (34:43.52) while freshman John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) pulled in less than a minute later at 35:35.08 in 34th place. Freshmen runners James Weichel (Bradenton, Fla.) and Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) finished 39th (37:11.87) and 40th (37:38.83), respectively, out of 43 runners.
Penn St.-Abington junior Alex Kane won the men’s race with a time of 27:12.23 but SUNYIT took the next three spots as the Wildcats won the men's team title with 32 points. Catholic had four runners in the top 14 spots to take second place (62 points) followed by Penn St.-Abington (66), Penn St.-Berks (98), Hood College (120) and Gallaudet.
Seniors Lindsey Corthell (Orlando, Fla.) and Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) were the first two Bison to finish the 6K course as they placed in the top 16. Corthell finished her first race since 2012 and finished with a time of 28 minutes flat in ninth place. She ran at the front of the race staying within the top 10 runners the entire 3.7 miles. Young finished just outside the top 15 in 16th place with a time of 30:06.18.
Freshman runner, Ivy Sahneyah (Tempe, Ariz.) crossed the line at 31:16.39 in 21st place as fellow freshman Kristin Williams (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed in 27th place (34:00.28). Junior Elizabeth Reza (Jefferson, Ga.) finished 34th place (37:45.94) as Gallaudet's fifth runner to complete its team score of 89 points. Freshman Jamila Hubbard (Montezuma, Ga.) finished 36th overall (38:03.62) out of 40 runners.
Hood College senior Gretchen Whitesell won the race crossing the finish line in 25 minutes, and 10.34 seconds. Hood had its top five runners finish in the top 11 spots to win the women's team title with 26 points. Penn St.-Abington was second overall (53 points) followed by Penn St.-Berks (86), Gallaudet (89) and SUNYIT (106). NEAC teams Wilson College and College of Saint Elizabeth had runners in the women's race but didn't have enough runners (five) finish to earn team points.
The Bison cross country teams are off for two weeks when they will compete on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Wildcat Weekend Invitational hosted by SUNYIT in Marcy, N.Y.