FREDERICK, Md. - The Gallaudet University men's and women's cross country teams traveled to Utica Park in Frederick County to compete in the Hood College Open Meet on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon. The men's team finished sixth overall out of 10 teams while the women's team placed 12th out of a field of 13.
Gallaudet sophomore Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) continues to lead the way for the Bison men's team as he completed the 8K course in 28 minutes even to finish 12th overall. This is the four straight race that Close has finished in the top 25.
Freshman Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) finished just outside the top 25, 27th overall, with a time of 29:22.2. Senior Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) finished 71st overall (33:15.3) while freshman John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) was 76th (34:18.4). Freshmen runners Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) and James Weichel (Bradenton, Fla.) finished 78th (34:36.8) and 80th (34:39.9), respectively. Freshman Andy Lobaugh (Pauls Valley, Okla.) was the seventh Bison to finish as he crossed the finish line 100th overall (42:34.3).
Goldey-Beacom College won the men's team title with 34 points as Logan Jones won the race in 26 minutes, 56.7 seconds. St. Mary's (Md.) College took second place (41 points) followed by Hagerstown Community College (78), Howard Community College (101), Frostburg State University (120), Gallaudet (195), College of Southern Maryland (202), Hood College (204), Harford Community College (236) and Mount Aloysius College (283).
Senior Lindsey Corthell (Orlando, Fla.) was the first Bison to finish the 6K race in 42nd place as she crossed the finish line in 29 minutes, 17.8 seconds. Finishing eight spots behind Corthell was senior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) in 50th place (29:42.7). Ivy Sahneyah (Tempe, Ariz.) finished 70th (33:13.6), Jamila Hubbard (Montezuma, Ga.) in 74th place (34:12.0) and LaQuita Carroll (Spanish Fort, Ala.) placed 90th (40:02.3) and Kevlasha Humphrey(Jacksonville, Ill.) was 92nd (40:36.7).
Frostburg State won the women's team title with 61 points. Catholic University of America took second place (103 points) followed by Goldey-Beacom (110), Hood (120), St. Mary's (148), Anne Arundel Community College (156), Northern Virginia Community College (163), Hagerstown (183), Howard Community College (223), Neumann University (261), Mount Aloysius College (278), Gallaudet (289) and The Community College of Baltimore County-Essex (299). Crystal McCollum from Goldey-Beacom won the women's race in 24 minutes, 44.6 seconds.
The Bison are off for the next two weeks when Gallaudet will host the North Eastern Athletic Conference championships at Kenilworth Park on Saturday, Nov. 1, with the women's 6K race at 10 a.m. followed by the men's 8K race at 11 a.m.