Men' and Women's Cross Country put in solid effort at Franklin Park

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Evan O'Neil

The New England Cross Country Championship: where the pride of New England is displayed for long distance-running. It’s an event that most people don’t even think about attempting when they get up on a Saturday morning. But the Assumption College Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are no strangers to running fast and far for a quarter of an hour.

They are also no strangers to competition. MIT, Brown, Yale and Boston College are just a few of the Division I schools who competed with Assumption at Franklin Park in Boston on Saturday, October 10. There were also some familiar faces in Northeast-10 Conference opponents Merrimack, Bentley and New Haven, all of whom finished behind Assumption on the women’s 5K varsity race.

The men’ and women’s squads both had impressive showings, and they know that a tough road lies ahead.

“[We want to have] a great showing at the conference and regional meets,” said junior captain Zack Szymkowicz. “[First years] have come out of the woodwork nicely to support the older guys on the team. At this point in the season the training is tough but we’re pushing through and working towards the results we want.”

Women’s junior captain Rachel Avard applauded the perseverance and hard work that the Lady Hounds have completed.

“We are beyond excited for our season this year. With several older runners back from injuries and a few new faces, we are ready to show the conference what a Hound is made of,” said Avard. “The hard work has been paying off and we’ve seen some drastic drops on time. The women’s team is currently ranked one spot away from qualifying for nationals, but we are not settling for that. We work hard, train longer and run faster than any other team.”

The hard work has definitely paid off, as sophomore Antonia Pagliuca, All-Region standout from Peabody, Massachusetts, came in 53rd overall and finished third among all Division II runners in the 5K race. Right behind Pagliuca was first-year Sara Amato, who finished 153rd overall and came in fifth among first-years from Division II teams with a 19:36 time.

Shortly thereafter, Avard came in 205th at 20:18, then sophomore Elizabeth Sullivan, who came in 228th, a short 22 seconds behind Avard at 20:40. Rounding out the top runners for the women’s side were senior Lili Urso in 232nd place, first-year Jacqueline Ryan, who finished a second behind Urso’s 20:45 time, and sophomore Courtney Fisher in 243rd place with a time of 21:06.

On the men’s side, Ian Flanagan was once again the top runner for the Hounds as the sophomore finished 187th overall with a personal-best time of 27:04 and a 5:26 mile pace.

First-year Andrew Mongiat came in second among the Hounds with a 27:51 time to place him at 214th overall. Jeremy Alley-Tarter was the second sophomore Hound to finish, coming in at 28:19, good for 224th place. Joe Baron was the second first-year to finish for the Hounds at 28:42 for 231st place, followed quickly by Szymkowicz at 232nd place with a time of 28:43. Senior Michael Hoye was the final runner to finish for Assumption at 242nd place with a time of 29:06.

The Greyhounds are back at it when both teams make the trip to Colchester, Vermont on Sunday, October 25 to race in the NE-10 Championship at St. Michael’s College.

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