HAMILTON, N.Y. – The Holy Cross men's cross country team returned to race action for the first time in just under three weeks on Saturday afternoon, finishing in seventh place at the Patriot League Championship hosted by Colgate. The Crusaders ran on a shortened version of the Harold H. Lang Cross Country Course in the first race of the season this year. Sophomore John Cicchitti (Warminster, Pa.) led the team this time around with a 29th place finish and time of 26:37.3 on the 8K course. Lehigh won the team championship with 54 points while Navy finished in a close second with 56 points. Colgate's Christopher Johnson was first to cross the finish line for the second year in a row with a time of 25:11.0. Holy Cross finished with 198 team points.
Junior Dylan Villescas (Las Cruces, N.M.) finished behind Cicchitti in 52nd place and time of 27:33.1 while freshman Dennis Muldoon (Weymouth, Mass.) was the top rookie finisher for the Crusaders, taking 55th at 27:41.9. Freshman Francisco Tejidor (Coral Gables, Fla.) finished 58th with a time of 27:46.3 and junior Greg Hamalian (West Bridgewater, Mass.) rounded out the top-five Crusader finishers in 61st place at 28:21.2.
Select members of the men's cross country team will return to action in just under two weeks, competing at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Madison, Conn. on Nov. 9 at 11:00 a.m. The final meet of the season for qualified runners is scheduled for Nov. 17 at the IC4A Championship in Bronx, N.Y. at 9:30 a.m.