Crusaders Ready For Competition At Blue Devil Invitational

Mark Drago

 Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Blue Devil Invitational, New Britain, Conn. 10:00 a.m.

  • The Holy Cross men's cross country team will open the 2009 season at the Blue Devil Invitational hosted by Central Connecticut in New Britain, Conn. on Saturday, Sept. 12. The meet begins at 10:00 a.m. The Crusaders are looking to repeat last year's fast start when they won the Invitational in their first outing of the season.
  • Holy Cross returns 11 letterwinners and welcomes six incoming freshmen to the squad. The Crusaders are led by senior co-captain Tim Richard (Attleboro, Mass.), who began last season by finishing fourth at the Blue Devil Invitational. He also performed strongly at the National Catholic Championships, finishing in 17th place. His 58th place finish at the New England Championship last season earned him Patriot League Runner of the Week honors.
  • Senior co-captain Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) will miss the season due to injury. His absence leaves a void in the top seven for the Crusaders. Rougeot ran third at the Blue Devil Invitational in Holy Cross' overall victory, while also performing well at the National Catholic Championship, the Murray Keatinge Invitational and the Patriot League Championship, where he ran in 25:35.1, his best of the season.
  • Sophomore Cory Loftis (Branford, Conn.) will be one of many called upon to fill the hole created by Rougeot's injury. As a freshman last season, he began the season by placing sixth at the Blue Devil Invitational, followed by a 52nd place finish at the National Catholic Championship. His best performance came at the Patriot League Championship, when his 18th place finish was tops among Holy Cross participants. His time of 25:26.5 at the meet was also his best of the season. He was twice named Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Also returning is sophomore Dan Altenau (Eastchester, N.Y.), whose performance at the New England Championship earned him Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.
  • Jim Kavanagh enters his 38th year as a coach at Holy Cross and 10th as the Richard L. Ahern '51 Director of Cross Country, Track and Field. Last season, Kavanagh sent seven runners to the NCAA Northeast Regional, four to the IC4A Championship, and 14 of his runners were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, the most of any school in the conference.