Cross country performs well in home invitational

Junior Katie Laris takes part in the Oswego Pat Peterson Invitaitonal. She finished 42nd overall at the event.  (Photo provided by Sports Information)
Junior Katie Laris takes part in the Oswego Pat Peterson Invitaitonal. She finished 42nd overall at the event. (Photo provided by Sports Information)

This past weekend both of the Oswego State cross country teams and many other teams raced in the men’s annual Oswego Don Masterson Invitational and the women’s annual Oswego Pat                                         Peterson Invitational.

Both teams had a great race as they continue their streak of finishing in the top six as a team in the home invitational.

The men’s race started at 12 p.m. at the Hidden Fields on campus, and finished at the Hidden Fields. There were 162 runners that competed in the race, including 15 Oswego State runners. University of Rochester finished in first place as a team in the race as Cortland and RIT finished out the top three respectively. Oswego State finished in fourth place, only three points behind RIT.

Matt Giannino from RIT took an early lead and did not look back as he took first place by 12 seconds, with a time of 24:51. The top finisher for the Lakers was Nick Montesano who finished in seventh place with a time of 25:30.

“We had a great race overall as a team, and some of the younger runners were up right behind me toward the top ten,”  Montesano said.

Tyler Morris finished in 11th place overall with a time of 25:39. Freshman Colin Greenseich finished in 17th place with an overall time of 25:49.

Freshman Justin Sommer also had a great race finishing in 21st place with a time of 26:13. Rounding out the top five for the Oswego State men’s team was      junior Sean Lyons who finished in 30th place with a time of 26:48

Junior Sean Lyons runs during the Oswego Don Masterson Invitaitonal on saturday. He finished 29th overall.  (Photo provided by Sports Information)
Junior Sean Lyons runs during the Oswego Don Masterson Invitaitonal on saturday. He finished 29th overall. (Photo provided by Sports Information)

The Oswego State women’s team also had another great race this weekend in their annual home race. There were 199 runners that competed in the race. The race began at 11 a.m. and also started and finished at the Hidden Fields. RIT won the race with a team score of 28. Cortland finished in second and Ithaca finished in third. Sophomore Emma Jones from RIT finished in first place overall, with a time of 18:24. Catherine Knox from the University of Rochester finished second overall and Stephanie Milici finished in third overall.

Meghan Murphy was the top finisher for Oswego in 27th place with a time of 19:52. Senior Katie Bott finished right behind Murphy in 31st place with a time of 20:01. Junior Sarah Popovitch finished in 46th place with a time of 20:25. Junior Katie Laris also had another strong race finishing in 51st place with a time of 20:34. Rounding out the top five for the Lakers was sophomore Sylvia Pericles who finished in 56th place with a time of 20:44. Head coach Stephanie Grimm was very happy with the performance of the     women’s team.

“We had another great performance by the women’s team, as they have progressed even more since the season has started,” Grimm said.

The men’s and women’s team will next compete on Saturday Sept. 20 at the University of Rochester Yellow Jacket Invitational. The last time either team competed in the Yellow Jacket Invitational was 2011.