First-place finish at Gettysburg Invitational

Elizabeth Duswalt, Contributing Writer

The men’s cross country team finished first out of 34 teams on Oct. 18 at the Gettysburg Invitational. Zach Williams ’18 and Luke Giugliano ’17, who respectively placed fourth and fifth overall, led the team to victory. At the Princeton Invitational, the Bison placed fourth out of 37 teams.

Williams crossed the finish line at 26:04, while Giugliano finished the Gettysburg 8k race at 26:06, seconds behind the individual title winner from Lebanon Valley at 25:43.

“I believe overall we raced very well as a team at Gettysburg,” Williams said. “I think for the majority, people who ran there this past weekend were able to run their personal record. I enjoyed this meet particularly because it gave some of the underclassmen a chance to contribute towards the scoring.”

Of 130 total runners, every Bison finished in 36th place or above. Dylan Cowell ’15 (11th), Kyle Adams ’18 (26th), and Christopher Sisto ’18 (29th) helped lead the Bison to the impressive win.

At Princeton, the Orange and Blue competed against sharp competition with the help of Andrew Garcia-Garrison ’15 (12th) and John Dugan ’15 (17th). Garcia-Garrison came in at 24:23 and Dugan at 24:34, about a half-minute from the leader from Penn (24:00).

The Orange and Blue ended the day with a total of 179 points, with help from scoring contributors Michael McGowan ’15 (32nd), Will Bordash ’18 (47th), and Glen Williams ’15 (71st). UMBC and American placed fifth and sixth behind the Bison, while Villanova received the team title with a score of 45. Virginia Tech came in second with 71, and Penn in third with 139.

Next up for the Bison is the Patriot League Championships, which are held at Lehigh on Nov. 1.

“We’ll be facing much tougher opponents in Navy and Lehigh at Leagues. That being said, we have an incredibly strong top three in Dugan, McGowan, and Garcia-Garrison,” Giugliano said.

 

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