Women’s cross country takes the gold at Patriot League Championship

Anslee Krouch, Senior Writer

The women’s cross-country team won their third consecutive Patriot League title at the Oct. 28. Patriot League Championship. The men’s cross-country team placed fifth.

Christine Bendzinski ’18, two-time individual league champion, ran the 6k course in 20:52, becoming the Bison’s third multiple-champion runner to help the team win their eleventh title in the past 28 years.

Colleen Buckley ’19 finished the course in third place, moving up a spot from her fourth place finish in last season’s championship. Jenna Farmer ’19 finished in 13th, Margaret Thomson ’19 finished in 17th, and Anna Chiodo-Ortiz ’19 finished in 24th.

The Orange and Blue ended the day with 58 points. Army came in second with 79 points and Navy finished in third with 88 points.

The Bison’s eleven titles far exceed any other team in the conference. Army West Point has the second most with five.

On the men’s team, Will Bordash ’18 finished in seventh, earning First Team All-Patriot League honors. After running the 8k course in 24:26, Bordash is now a two-time all-conference performer in cross country, having won second team honors when he finished 10th last season.

Drew Dorflinger ’20 and Connor McMenamin ’21 also finished in the top twenty. Jacob Stupak ’20 finished in 22nd place and Ben Siciliano ’20 finished in 28th place.

Army won the championship title, beating Navy by a slight margin of four points (43-47). Boston University finished in third place with 79 points, followed by American with 88 points, and the Orange and Blue with 94 points. Lehigh took sixth followed by Holy Cross, Lafayette, Colgate and Loyola.

“It was a rough day out there for some guys. The League didn’t have a clear team favorite and I think everyone felt that at the beginning of the race. Every team in the top six had people that did not perform to their ability, but Army held it together the most. We had people run well to help cover the gaps, but it was not enough. The important thing now is to just move forward and focus of the NCAA Regionals next Friday. I hope to achieve another personal goal there as well as have the team rebound well to end the season on a good note,” Bordash said.

The Bison will head to Bethlehem, Pa. Nov. 10 to compete in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.

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