By Carlos Toro
The Broncs competed in their last big medaling events of the season at Van Cortlandt State Park in New York on Nov. 23 as the men competed in the 105th IC4A’s and the women competed in the 29th ECAC, which concluded the 2013 cross country season.
“I felt we had a very successful season,” Head Coach Bob Hamer said. “We ran our best during the championship events and that is done by design. It is very exciting to have our best races at that time.”
On the 3.1-mile course, graduate student Megan Elgin finished seventh out of 70 competitors with a time of 18:28.10. She was the first of the Bronc women to finish the race.
“I was hoping for a top-10 finish, so I was pretty happy with seventh,” Elgin said.
Other runners from the women’s team include sophomore Nicolette Mateescu, who finished 23rd with a time of 19:03.70. Freshman Megan McGarrity placed 36th (19:30.50), sophomore Stephanie Welte was 47th (19:49.10), junior Josephine Boyle ran a time of 19:49.90 to finish 49th and sophomore Vanessa Rappold was 62nd with a time of 20:50.70. The women’s team finished eighth overall out of nine teams with an overall time of 1:36:41.30.
Meanwhile, for the men’s team on the five-mile course, junior Anthony Dentino was the first of the Bronc runners to finish as he placed 11th overall out of 88 with a time of 25:28.40. The men finished eighth out of 10 teams with a total time of 2:10:51.80.
Dentino was satisfied with his team’s results as well as his own.
“The race was much more competitive this season, so I was relatively happy with the way I performed,” Dentino said. “I also thought that our pack did a great job. Freshman Salman Khalid was a steady No. 2 runner all year and senior Corey O’Neill finished out his career really well with his race last week.”
Other results from the men’s team include junior Dylan Hallahan who was 50th with a time of 26:33.10 and junior Evan Cornell who finished 59th with a time of 26:42.00. Sophomore Sam Knipper placed 68th (27:00.80), freshman Bradley Kaufmann was 81st (27:35.20), sophomore Tom McLaughlin was 83rd (27:51.50) and sophomore Jon Knipper finished 87th (28:49.20).
With the season coming to a close, Hamer is already preparing for next year.
“Our goal is always to compete and that will be the goal next year,” Hamer said. “We have a lot of returning runners, but that does not always guarantee success.”