Sept. 16, 2006
Notre Dame, Ind. - The Holy Cross women's cross country team had three runners finish in the top 50, securing them a strong seventh place finish at the National Catholic Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. Friday afternoon. The men's cross country team had four finishers in the top 75, earning them an eighth place finish in the national competition. Sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosset, N.Y.) led the Crusader women across the line for the third week in a row. Her time of 19:43 earned her 37th place overall on the 5K course. The men were led by senior Stephen Kress (Portland, ME) who covered the 8K course in 26:44, finishing in 34th place overall.
Freshmen Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.), Timothy Richard (Enid, Ohio) and Garrett Huddy (Pataskala, Ohio) made an impact their first time on the Notre Dame course. Finishing in 55th, 62nd and 66th place, respectively, the three members of the class of 2010 all finished within 14 seconds of each other. Rougeot's time of 27:21 led the underclassmen, while Richard (27:30) and Huddy (27:35) finished close behind. Sophomore Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.) took 89th place overall, with a time of 27:56. Rounding out the Crusader's entries was senior John Ortolani (Williamsville, N.Y). Ortolani crossed the line in 28:06, earning him 96th place overall.
On the 5K course, Alizzi continued her strong season of leading the Crusaders across the line. Sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) also continued her strong season with a solid 43rd place overall finish. Senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.) also broke the 20 minute mark, finishing in 19:58 and in 47th place. Sophomore Alexandra Swiatocha (Mahopac, N.Y.) covered the course in 20:23, giving her a 72nd place finish. Freshman Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) also placed in the top 100. Her time of 20:32 earned her an 83rd place finish. Rounding out the field of Crusaders: junior Kathleen O'Gorman (West Hartford, Conn.) finished in 20:50 in 103rd and freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) crossed the line in 21:10 and 122nd overall.
The men's race had a total of 31 teams entered and 237 runners. Holy Cross finished eighth out of the 31 with a total of 291 points. Host Notre Dame was the first place team with a total of 48 points. The women's race fielded a total of 34 teams and 267 total runners. The Holy Cross women's team took seventh place with 266 points. Marquette and host Notre Dame tied for first with 28 points.
Both of the Crusader cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, September 30 at the Murray Keatinge Invitational in Orono, Maine. Start time is set for 11:00 am.