Women’s cross country snags second in CCSU run

Joe Addonizio

The Quinnipiac men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Central Connecticut State Blue Devil Invitational at Stanley Quarter Park on Saturday.

The men took sixth place out of nine teams with 184 points, putting them ahead of Northeast Conference opponent Bryant University. The women finished with 52 points, giving them second place out of ten teams. They beat out NEC opponents Bryant, CCSU, Monmouth University and Sacred Heart University.

Providence College took home first place in both the men’s and women’s races.

Sophomore Becca White led the Bobcats, finishing in third place overall at 17:57 in the 5,000-meter race. Senior graduate student Kristen Stevens came in eighth with a time of 18:18. The freshmen Faust triplets were the next Bobcats to complete the course. Amanda Faust had a time of 18:27, while her sister Brianna finished with 18:32 and Christina at 18:42.

“Overall the women ran with confidence and control today,” Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin said. “There is a positive energy that’s going to carry them through the season.”

The men’s top runner was sophomore Mike Levene, who finished 20th out of 102 runners with a time of 27:18. Junior John Beckshaw was the second member of the Bobcats to complete the 5.2-mile course with a time of 27:52. Sophomore Brian Cotter followed Beckshaw, finishing at 27:59. New to cross country at the collegiate level were sophomore Jacob Cetera and freshman Ryan Wolff, who finished fourth and fifth for the Bobcats at 28:25 and 28:40, respectively.

“There were some good performances today, but we still have some work to do for the championship part of the season,” Martin said. “We’re looking forward to the home invitational next week.”

The Bobcats will host the Quinnipiac Invitational at the Mount Carmel campus on Saturday at 11 a.m.