Cross Country Teams Set to Run in Patriot League Championship
The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams will be competing in the 2018 Patriot League Championship this Saturday, Oct. 27, in Lewisburg, Pa. The women's championship will be contested over a six-kilometer course beginning at 11:00 a.m., followed by the men's championship over an eight-kilometer course starting at 12:00 p.m.
The men's team will be led by freshman Corey Kumamoto, who owns Holy Cross' top eight-kilometer time this year by finishing in 26:08.8 at the Nassaney Invitational on Sept. 8. At last year's Patriot League Championship, the Crusaders finished seventh.
Junior Jenna Gasparrini will lead the women's team, after posting the squad's fastest time in each of her five races this season. Gasparrini's top six-kilometer time of 21:32 came at the Paul Short Run on Sept. 29. At last year's Patriot League Championship, the Crusaders placed fifth.
The race will also be part of this year's Turnpike Trophy competition between Holy Cross and Boston University for both the men and the women. The Terriers have claimed a point in men's cross country for three straight years, while the Crusaders have won a point in women's cross country during each of the last two seasons.
For both the men's and women's races, the top seven finishers will be named to the All-Patriot League first team. The second team will be comprised of the eighth through 14th place finishers. Awards will also be distributed after the race for the Patriot League Runner of the Year and Rookie of the Year.