Crusader Cross Country Teams Compete at Murray Keatinage Invitational

Sept. 30, 2006


Orono, Maine - The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams were back on the course after a two week break Saturday, taking on the competition at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono, Maine. Sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) used the long rest to her advantage, leading the Holy Cross women across the line, covering the course in 18:43, a career best for the runner. Spilka took 39th place overall. On the five-mile course, freshman Timothy Richard (Enid, Ohio) would also run to a career best, crossing the line first for the Crusaders taking 51st place overall in a time of 26:35. Both Holy Cross teams would take ninth place at the end of the day.

Sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syossett, N.Y.) ran the 5K course in 19:10, earning her 50th place overall. Sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) was the next Crusader to finish, crossing the line in 19:25. Both senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.) and freshman Margaret FoxSarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) and freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) finished less than a second apart in 70th and 71st place. Croteau finished in 20:04.25 and Luke in 10:05.09. Luke rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders. (Natick, Mass.) broke the 20 minute mark, finishing in 19:33 and 19:36, respectively, in 57th and 60th place overall. Freshman

On the five-mile course, Richard led the way for Holy Cross, but sophomore Brad MishKyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) trailed Mish by four seconds and finished in 64th place. Rougeot's time of 26:59 was also a career best. Freshman Garrett Huddy (Pataskala, Ohio) crossed the line in 68th place overall with a time of 27:05. Sophomore Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.) and senior John Ortolani (Hadley, Mass.) was not far behind. Mish covered the course in 26:55, a personal record for the Crusader, and taking 61st place overall. Freshman (Williamsville, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for the Crusaders, finishing in 27:21 and 27:49, respectively.

The Holy Cross men's cross country team tied for ninth with Albany; both teams had 254 points. Dartmouth won the meet with a total of 40 points. The women's team also took ninth place with 245 points. Texas Tech won the women's meet with 27 points.

The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams will compete again October 7 at the New England Championship in Boston, Mass. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM.