ABINGTON, Pa. - The Gallaudet University men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) host Penn St.-Abington today for their first meet of the season where both teams finished seventh overall.
The Bison women’s team placed seventh out of eight teams with 149 team points while the men’s team finished seventh out of nine teams (148 points) in the debut for Interim Head Coach Byron Moore.
Senior Rachel Young (Leesburg, Va.) and sophomore Ivy Sahneyah (Polacca, Ariz.) were the top two Bison runners as the pair finished within 27 seconds of each other on the 5K course. Young placed 19th out of 55 runners with a time of 29 minutes, four seconds and Sahneyah finished 23rd with a time of 29:31. Freshman Jenna Misko-Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) crossed the finish line with a time of 31:44 (30th overall) while fellow freshman Kristin Williams (Staten Island, N.Y.) was two spots behind with a time of 32:37 (32nd). Junior Elizabeth Reza (Jefferson, Ga.) was the fifth GU runner to finish as she clocked in at 39:42 (45th).
Penn St.-Abington’s Valerie Santangelo won the 5K race with a time of 24:18. Ocean Community College won the overall women's race with 52 team points as its top five runners placed in the top 22 places. The host Nittany Lions were second (58 points) followed by NEAC member Lancaster Bible College (78), Penn St.-Brandywine (90) and Penn St.-Berks (116), another conference foe, round out the top five. Wilson College (130) and Bryn Athyn (167) sandwiched Gallaudet in the last three places.
On the men's side, GU freshman Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) had an incredible finish as he finished the 8K race in fourth place with a time of 32:15, a pace of 6:30 per mile. Senior Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) was the next Bison to cross the finish line, 29th (38:46) out of 60 runners. Freshmen John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) and James Weichel (Bradenton, Fla.) finished 33rd (39:13) and 44th (43:10), respectively. Sophomore Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) was the fifth Bison runner to claim team points as he placed 49th (44:39). Junior Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) clocked in at 48:49, 55th overall. Sophomore Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) did not finish due to an injury in the first mile of the race.
Penn St.-Abington's Alex Kane won the 8K race as he finished in 29 minutes, 13 seconds. The host Nittany Lions won the men's team competition as they placed three runners in the top six spots. NEAC foe Penn St.-Berks was second with 74 points followed by Ocean Community College with 118 points.
Gallaudet will host the Bison Invitational at Kenilworth Park next Saturday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m.