Oct. 22, 2006
New Britian, Conn. - The Crusader cross country teams returned to competition after a two weeks off Saturday morning at the Central Connecticut State Mini Meet in New Britain, Connecticut. On the shortened course, freshman Kyle Rougeot (Torrington, Conn.) ran the 5K in 16:16, leading the Crusaders to a third place finish on the day. In the women's race, sophomore Elizabeth Alizzi (Syosett, N.Y.) finished the 3200M in 11:52 making her the fasted Holy Cross entry in the race, leading the Cusaders to a fourth place finish.
Freshman Timothy Richard (Enid, Ohio) finished the 5K just out of the top ten, taking 11th place overall with a time of 16:22. Sophomore Brad Mish (Hadley, Mass.) crossed the line in 16:29, taking 14th overall. Sophomore Sebastian Fidelus (Jersey City, N.J.) and freshman Garrett Huddy (Pataskala, Ohio) finished within two seconds of each other to take 18th and 19th. Fidelus finished in 16:42 and Huddy was right on his heels with a final time of 16:44. Senior John Ortolani (Williamsville, N.Y.) covered the course in 16:49 which placed him in 22nd in the final results. Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders was freshman Joshua Lisiecki (Warren, MI.), who cracked the top 25 with a time of 16:54, taking 24th place overall.
On the 3200M course, sophomore Colleen Spilka (Hamden, Conn.) crossed the finish line in 11:59, claiming 14th overall. Freshman Sarah Croteau (Westminster, Mass.) was the third Crusader to finish, taking 19th place with a time of 12:09. Freshman Margaret Fox (Natick, Mass.) covered the course in 12:15 and in 26th place. Senior Megan Hyland (Rye, N.Y.), freshman Claire Luke (Delmar, N.Y.) and junior Kathleen O'Gorman (West Hartford, Conn.) all finished within seven seconds of each other to round out the scoring for the Crusaders. Hyland finished in 12:22 in 32nd place, Luke in 12:24 in 34th and O'Gorman 12:29 in 38th place.
The men's cross country team took third place out of seven teams with a total of 70 points. Host Central Connecticut State won the meet with a total of 43 points. The women's team took fourth place out of eight teams with a total of 101 points. UConn won the meet with a total of 45 points.
The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams will be back on the course Saturday, October 28 for the Patriot League Championship held by Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. The meet is scheduled to start at 11:00 am.