BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams traveled to the Paul Short Invitational on Friday afternoon, hosted by Lehigh, with the men taking home 15th place in the 8K brown race while the women landed 37th in the 6K gold race. Sophomore John Cicchitti (Warminster, Pa.) was the top performer for the Crusaders with a 10th place overall finish and time of 25:35, improving his time in last season's race by over three minutes.
In the men's race, Junior Dylan Villescas (Las Cruces, N.M.) finished behind Cicchitti in 81st place overall with a time of 26:40, improving his time from last year by 49 seconds. Francisco Tejidor (Coral Gables, Fla.) took the top freshman time for the Crusaders crossing the finish line at 26:57. Junior Greg Hamalian (West Bridgewater, Mass.) and freshman Dennis Muldoon (Weymouth, Mass.) rounded out the top-five Holy Cross runners, finishing at 27:01 and 27:14, respectively. Pennsylvania won the team competition with a total of 47 points and Frank Fezza from East Stroudsburg came in first of 283 runners with a time of 25:03. Four Crusader freshmen also took part in the 8K open race, which did not count towards the team score. Joseph Wihbey (Litchfield, Conn.) was the top Holy Cross finisher with a time of 28:58.
In the women's race, junior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) earned her third top Crusader finish in as many tries, taking 131st with a time of 22:22, bettering her time from last season by 23 seconds. Junior Amanda Waldron (Walpole, Mass.) finished just behind Hughes and also improved her time by 48 seconds, coming in at 22:37. Fellow classmate Sandra van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) rounded out the top-three runners for Holy Cross, finishing with a time of 23:33. Cornell came in first place with a team total of 55 points, while Abbey D'Agostino of Dartmouth led the field of 360 runners across the finish line.
The teams will return to action next Sunday, Oct. 7, for the New England Championship in Westfield, Mass. The women's race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. while the men will run at 12:45 p.m.