Cross Country Teams Place In Top 10 At National Catholic Championship

Sept. 19, 2008


Men's Top Team Scores: 1. Duquesne 44; 2. Notre Dame 45; 3. DePaul 115; 4. Xavier 120; 5. Dayton 121; 6. Detroit Mercy 175; 7. Holy Cross 219; 8. Bellarmine 251; 9. Siena Heights 275; 10. Loras 299

Women's Top Team Scores: 1. Notre Dame 21; 2. Dayton 107; 3. Xavier 149; 4. St. Louis 151; 5. Duquesne 151; 6. Holy Cross 175; 7. DePaul 189; 8. Loras 304; 9. Canisius 333; 10. Bellarmine 351

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams both had strong showings at the 2008 National Catholic Championship, with both teams finishing in the top 10 out of over 30 schools. The men finished seventh out of 33 schools with 219 points, while the women came in sixth out of 35 schools with 175 points. Junior Tim Richard (Attleboro, Mass.) led the men's team by finishing in 17th place out of 267 runners with a time of 25:49, while freshman Paige Sutherland (Groveland, Mass.) finished 16th out of 287 runners with a time of 18:38 to lead the women. Both Richard and Sutherland recorded season bests at Friday's meet.

For the Holy Cross women, Sutherland was followed by senior Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) who finished 24th with a time of 18:54. Senior tri-captain Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) was next for the Crusaders finishing in 37th place (19:11), followed by junior Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) in 43rd place (19:18), senior tri-captain Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosset, N.Y.) in 62nd place (19:36), freshman Elizabeth Humphries (Siler City, N.C.) in 67th place (19:41) and junior Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) in 84th place (19:55). On the men's side, Richard was followed by senior captain Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.) in 26th place (26:10), junior Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) in 51st place (26:45), freshman Cory Loftis (Branford, Conn.) in 52nd place (26:49), junior Garrett Huddy (Columbus, Ohio) in 80th place (27:34), senior Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.) in 91st place (27:42) and freshman Alex Dobens (Kansas City, Mo.) rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders finishing in 111th place with a time of 28:05.

The Crusaders will return to action on Saturday, October 4, when they take part in the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono, Maine.