MANCHESTER, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2018 season at the Trinity College Bantam XC Invitational on Saturday at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn. The men and women both competed in 5K's on the day with senior Mia Tompkins (Meriden, Conn.) posting the best finish, turning in a top-10 result and coming in ninth out of 63 runners. The Blue Jays will be back in action next on Saturday, September 15th at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.
THE RUNDOWN - WOMEN
With all five scoring runners in the top ten individually, Trinity College won its annually hosted event with 29 points, just ahead of runner-up Connecticut College, who racked up 34 points. Bantams' junior Samantha Feenstra took home the individual championship after touring the course in 19:54.2 as the only women's runner to post a sub-20 minute 5K time. The next runner, sophomore Meredith Cronin from Connecticut College, finished in 20:08.4 just ahead of Trinity's senior Lauren Barrett (20:15.4) to round out the podium.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
- Senior Mia Tompkins (Meriden, Conn.) led the Blue Jays finishing the 5K with a time of 20:31.3 to post a ninth-place overall finish.
- Junior Kristina Petit (Plainville, Conn.) finished 43rd overall with a final time of 25.25.1.
- Sophomore Oliwia Szok (New Britain, Conn.) toured the 5K course in 31.29.8 and was 58th overall.
THE RUNDOWN - MEN
Trinity College finished 1-2 and placed all five scoring runners in the top eight to claim the victory in the men's 5K race. The Bantams scored 22 points for the title to finish well ahead of Westfield State who was runner-up with a team total of 42 points. Bantams' junior duo of Weyessa McAlister and Timothy Bogomolov were the first two to cross the finish line with times of 16:27.3 and 16:45.4, respectively. Westfield State's Tim Forrest took the bronze as the only other male runner to post a sub-17 minute 5K time finishing in 16:49.7.
FOR THE BLUE JAYS
- Freshman Eric Knox (Bristol, Conn.) set the new 5K school standard in the inaugural men's cross country race with a time of 19.29.1 to place 32nd.
- Freshman Mario Manon-Porcella (Torrington, Conn.) was the second USJ runner to cross the finish line and was 55th with a 24:27.7 effort.
- Freshman Chamroeun Chhorn (Danbury, Conn.) rounded out the Saint Joseph runners with a time of 25:08.2 and placed 57th overall.
The USJ men's and women's cross country teams will be back in action next on Saturday, September 15th at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational. The men's race is scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m. while the women will begin at approximately 12:00 p.m.