WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Sophomore Bruno Pires (New Bedford, Mass.) and junior Jessica O’Reilly (Millis, Mass.) continued their respective standout seasons for the UMass Dartmouth men’s and women’s cross country teams on Saturday afternoon, as both squads enjoyed solid performances at the Westfield State James Earley Invitational that took place at Stanley Park.
Pires posted his second individual runner-up finish of the fall on the men’s side for the Corsairs, as he covered the 8K layout in a time of 25:26.99 to place 18 second behind Plymouth State’s Sam Brunnette in a field of 209 competitors. UMass Dartmouth, which won the Fitchburg State Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational back on September 1st and placed third at the Codfish Bowl Invitational on September 22nd, finished as the team runner-up to Trinity (64-84) in the event that featured 29 teams.
Senior Jason Karakaedos (Peabody, Mass.) finished fourth individually for the Corsairs with a time of 25:51.70, while freshman Carlos Rivera (Lowell, Mass.) added an 11th place performance of 26:26.40. Freshmen Jose LeClerc-Rodriguez (Chelsea, Mass.) and Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s scoring with respective 33rd and 34th place finishing times of 27:32.98 and 27:33.30, as Norwich rounded out the top three teams in the race with a score of 108 points.
O’Reilly recorded her third top seven performance of the year on the women’s side for the Corsairs, as she covered the 5K layout in a time of 18:52.57 that was good for sixth place in a field of 214 competitors. Sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) was next in 46th place with a time of 20:14.15, while junior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.) followed with a 71st place time of 20:51.14. Freshman Jackie Broderick (Wilmington, Mass.) and senior Kirstie Harnden (Fitchburg, Mass.) rounded out UMass Dartmouth’s scoring with respective 123rd and 129th place times of 22:35.23 and 22:47.37, as the Corsairs placed 17th overall in the final standings. Smith (92) topped runner-up Trinity (118) and third place Mount Holyoke (131) to take top team honors in the competition.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads travel to Waterford, Conn. to compete at the Connecticut College Invitational that will take place at Harkness Park, as the women’s race begins at 11:00 am followed by the men’s race at Noon.
(Photo Credit: Dave Caspole, Westfield State Sports Information)