WATERFORD, Conn. — The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) men's and women's cross country teams ran hard and ran well Saturday morning, as they competed for the first time in 525 days, going head-to-head with the Mitchell College (MC) Mariners, at the Mitchell Invitational held at Stenger Farm Park. This non-points-scoring exhibition meet was the first event of the season for both squads.
THE RUNDOWN – MEN'S 5K
In the men's 5K, USJ sophomore David Kavanaugh (West Hartford, Conn.) picked up right where he left off last year, claiming a convincing victory in 16 minutes, 57 seconds (16:57), more than two minutes ahead of the field of eight runners. A pair of Blue Jays placed in the top-five, including freshman Alfred Valero (Thomaston, Conn.) in 20:42, and freshman Luke Alvarez (22:37). Both placed third and fifth respectively. Evan Carney of MC crossed the finish line runner-up in an impressive showing.
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN'S 5K
It was a nail-biter in the women's 5K, as USJ inched closer to a sweep, but Mitchell's Emma Tschaikowsky (Mendon, Vt.) kicked it into high gear, crossing the finish line to win comfortably in 22:57, 15 seconds ahead of a trio of Blue Jays, led by sophomore Morgan Hall (Norfolk, Conn.). Freshman Julie Robinson made her collegiate debut and finished with a time of 23:34, while sophomore Madison Hall (Norfolk, Conn.) crossed in 25:17. The duo finished third and fourth, respectively, in a seven-runner field.