UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Places Four in Top 50 at Earley Invite

UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Places Four in Top 50 at Earley Invite

WESTFIELD, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth Cross Country placed four within in the top 50 finishers at the 21st Annual James Earley Invitational, hosted by Westfield State and held at Stanley Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics

Men's Cross Country Team: 11th of 41 teams (315 points)

Women's Cross Country Team: 15th of 41 teams (463 points) 

How it Happened

Seniors Michael Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) paved the way for the men's team, notching his third top-10 finish of the season to place seventh in the field of 432 runners. Vaz turned in a time of 25:46 as the first LEC runner to cross the line. 

Sophomore Jason Karakaedoes (Peabody, Mass.) made his 2016 debut after sitting out the first few races of the year and crossed the line in 47th, tripping the timer at 26:56. Senior Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) wrapped up the men's top-50 finishes by placing 49th in 26:58. On the women's side, junior Reme DiGiovanni (Southborough, Mass.) led the way with a time of 23:26, which placed her 31st in the race 

Out of the 432 runners in the men's race, all of the Corsairs runners were within three minutes of the winner of the race, Gordon's Damon Kilgore (Londonderry, N.H.) with a time of 25:10. 

In the women's race where 459 runners competed, the Corsairs were within 11 minutes of the race's leader. Host Westfield State's own Jess Cardin (Sutton, Mass.) took the individual title with a time of 21:26.81.

Results

Men

7th  – Michael Vaz                             25:46.38

47th – Jason Karakaedos                 26:56.92

49th – Sean Herlihy                          26:58.73

113th – Dominic Roy                        28:00.24

127th – Robert Hanlon                    28:09.78

141th – Cory Jordan                       28:21.99

152nd – Timothy Post                      28:30.34

154th – Michael Tierney                 28:31.62

167th – Tyree Gorham                    28:40.48 

Women

31st  – Reme DiGiovanni                 23:26.74

67th  – Victoria Spitaels                   24:12.15

98thJessica O'Reilly                    24:39.70

168thKirsten Harnden                 25:35.97

196thHannah Laughlin                 25:50.82

312thChristina Ruiz                      27:31.06

318th– Jennifer Miranda                  27:38.95

337thRachel Frazier                     27:56.81

385thHeather Shanks                  29:10.73

437thMeaghan Shanks               32:40.42 

Up Next

The Corsairs will travel to New London, Conn. to participate in the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness State Park next Saturday.