SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The University of Saint Joseph cross country team completed the Western New England Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Springfield, MA. The Blue Jays finished ninth out of 28 total teams in the 5K meet that featured 242 total runners.
Senior Kaneen Gomez-Hixson (Wethersfield, CT/Singapore American School) paced the Blue Jays on the afternoon with a 10th place overall individual finish. The veteran sprinted to a time of 19:49 with a mile pace of 6:23.
Sophomore Mia Tompkins (Meriden, CT/Mercy) crossed the finish line second for the Blue Jays in 22nd place overall. Tompkins finished with a time of 20:42 and a mile pace of 6:40.
Mary Anderson (Granby, CT/Westminister) finished 71st overall. The junior ran a time of 22:03 for the finish. Senior Alyssa Vereneau (Newington, CT/Newington) and sophomore Madison Boyce (East Hampton, CT/East Hampton) rounded out the five scoring runners for USJ. Vereneau finished 75th with a time of 22:43 and Boyce completed the 5K at the 23:08 mark, good for 85th.
Freshman Kristina Petit (Plainville, CT/Plainville) and junior Paulina Koloda (Jaroslaw, Poland/Torrington) also competed for the Blue Jays on Saturday. Petit finished 110th with a time of 24:32 and Koloda finished 129th with a time of 26:05.
The USJ cross country team will return to action next with the GNAC Championships in two weeks on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Franklin Park in Boston, MA. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.