Crusaders Men's and Women's Cross Country Start Off Strong

Sept. 2, 2006



New Britain, Conn. - The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams started off their season strong with second place finishes Saturday morning at the Blue Devil Invitational, hosted by Central Connecticut State University. The men were led by freshman Timothy Richard (Enid, OH) and the women were paced by sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Soysset, N.Y.).

Richard's fourth place individual time of 28:01 in the five mile race led the Crusader men. Four consecutive Crusader men finished between the times of 28:12 and 28:20: Freshman Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.), seniors John Ortolani (Williamsville, N.Y.) and Stephen Kress (Portland, Maine) and sophomore Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.) finished close together in sixth through ninth places respectively. Sophomores Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.) and Matthew Talbot (West Hampstead, N.Y.) rounded out the scoring for Holy Cross with times of 29:14 and 28:38.

On the 5k course, Alizzi bested her time from the 2005 Blue Devil Invitational by one minute and led the Crusader women with a seventh place finish in a time of 19:14. Sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) trailed Alizzi by six seconds finishing in eighth. Freshman Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) was the next Crusader across the line in 20:03 with a 15th place overall finish. Seven seconds later, teammate senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.) finished in 16th place. Sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.), junior Kathleen O'Gorman (West Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Margaret Fox (Natick, Mass.) rounded out the Crusader women's scoring times in 17th, 18th and 23rd place finishes.

Overall the men finished 34 points, taking second place finish behind host Central Connecticut State. The women totaled 61 points, trailing first place finisher UConn.

Both Holy Cross teams will be competing in the Connecticut College Invitational, next Saturday, September 9, in Waterford, Conn. The start time is scheduled for 11:00 am