September 12, 2009

Men & Women Sixth At Smith Invitational

Northampton, Mass. - The Clark University men's cross country squad had runners finish in the top 15 to catapult the Cougars to a sixth place finish at the Smith Invitational on Saturday morning on Smith's 5k course.

Senior Caleb Evanter (New Windsor, N.Y.) turned in Clark's best performance, wrapping up the 5k race in 17:29.09, good for eleventh place. Meanwhile, sophomore Joe Kennelly (New Windsor, N.Y.) turned in a 15th place finish with a time of 17:56.66.

On the women's side, a trio of freshmen helped Clark capture a sixth place finish. Zoe Greenberg (Arlington, Mass.) finished her first collegiate race at 21:53.43, good for 21st place. She was followed by Erika Roth (Saco, Maine), who finished in 38th place and Jordan Daley (Queensbury, N.Y.) who wrapped up the 5k course in 23:33.11, securing the 53rd spot.

Both Wellesley and Coast Guard placed five runners in the top twelve to win the women's and men's races today on Smith's 5k course. Smith senior Anna Cressotti and Springfield College sophomore David Birdsall were the individual race winners.

Cressotti crossed the finish line in 19:43.98 while Birdsall ran the same distance in 16:57.89. Sophomore Kristin Peck finished 9th overall in 20:50.05 for Smith followed by classmate Emma Yourd 11th (20:59.71), first year Shannon MacKenzie 15th (21:35.54) and first year Rachel Lemire 24th (22:03.16) to give the Pioneers a third place overall finish.

Wellesley won the women's race with 38 points followed by Coast Guard (59), Smith (60), Westfield State (64), Mount Holyoke (140), Clark (181), Norwich (221), MCLA (231), Saint Joseph (278) and New England College (286).

In the men's race, Coast Guard scored 31 points followed by Springfield (33), Westfield State (115), Western New England (122), Norwich (148), Clark (151), SUNY Institute of Technology (198), New England College (229) and MCLA with 233.

The Pioneers will race again at the Williams College Plansky Invitational on Saturday, September 26.