Holy Cross Cross Country Teams Finish Eighth in Patriot League Championships

Oct. 28, 2006


Hamilton, N.Y. - The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams both took eighth place at the 2006 Patriot League Cross Country Championships held in Hamilton, N.Y. at Colgate University. Sophomore Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass) paced the men's team, covering the 8K course in 27:47. Sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) ran the 6K course in 25:10, making her the fastest Crusader woman on the day. American University would take the men's championship for the unprecedented fifth year in a row, while the Bucknell women would reclaim their title won in 2005.

Freshman Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) would continue his strong season finishing as the second Crusader across the line. His time of 28:11 would take 51st place overall, but 41st in points. Senior Stephen Kress (Portland, Maine) ran the course in 28:45, taking 42 points for Holy Cross. Freshman Garrett Huddy (Pataskala, Ohio) finished only six seconds behind Kress, taking 62nd place overall and 43 points. Freshman Timothy Richard (Enid, Ohio) finished 28:58. Senior John Ortolani (Williamsville, N.Y.) crossed the line in 29:19. Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders was sophomore Matthew Talbot (West Hempstead, N.Y.) who covered the 8K in 29:46.

On the 6K course, Spilka proved to be the fasted Crusader by a minute as closest teammate freshman Margaret Fox (Natick, Mass.) ran the course in 26:15, taking 53rd overall and 45 points. Sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syossett, N.Y.) finished in 26:36 taking 48 points for Holy Cross. Freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) was the next Crusader across the line with a time of 26:57. Junior Kathleen O'Gorman (West Hartford, Conn.) finished in 27:48. Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders were sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.), finishing in 28:15 and 28:26, respectively.

American's men's team would finish with a total of 25 points, beating second place Navy who had a total of 69 points. The Holy Cross men's cross country team would end the day with 205 points. On the women's side, Bucknell finished with a total of 28 points, beating second place Navy, who had 79 points. The Holy Cross women's cross country team had 224 points.