By Demetrius Young
Photo Courtesy of Hood Athletics
TheHoodCollege men’s and women’s cross country team participated in an event on Saturday Sept. 17 at White Clay Creek State Park inDelaware. The meet featured competitors from all three NCAA divisions, University of Mississippi, George Mason University,Seton Hall University and hostUniversity of Delaware.
The event consisted of over 8,000 meters for the men and was held as an 8k race. Team scores were separated into two sections, a section for NCAA Division I teams and a combined division II/III section.
The Blazer men finished fourth out of seven. Two Blazers achieved the top 20 in the division II/III scoring, Brett Shelley earning 18th place and Dan Jacobs earning 20th.
Stephen McNamara was placed 25th overall, 24th in team scoring, Theo Jenkins (39th/35th), Matt Dyjack (44th/38th), Dave Gudeman (46th/40th), and Justin Cifuentes (51st/43rd). Chris Catalfamo, Demetrius Young, Steven Powell and Nathan Dubell also competed.
The women’s event consisted of over 6,000 meters and was held as a 6k race. The Blazer women finished fourth in the team scoring behindGettysburg, Richard Stockton, and division II Wilmington University.
The Blazers were also ahead of four Division II programs: Holy Family University, Bloomfield College,Lincoln University, an incompleteChestnutHillCollege team, and theUniversity ofRutgers-Newark, a Division III school.
Leading the way for theHoodCollegewomen were Alyssa Peterson in 17th place, followed closely by Gretchen Whitesell in 18th place.
Blazer women Lauren Roesch scored 29th overall, 24th team scorer, sophomore Sophie Grizzle (40th/30th), and Julie Barnett (46th/34th). Caitlin Bean, Heather Silveira, Jessica Zambreny, and junior Sara Bean also competed.