Gannon men’s cross country finishes fifth

Gannon men’s cross country finishes fifth

The Gannon University men’s cross country team finished fifth among 10 teams competing Saturday at the Allegheny Invitational in Meadville.
Joseph Westrick led the Knights again, turning in a third-place finish among the 116 individuals who took part in the event.
Westrick finished the four-mile race in 20 minutes, 48 seconds, 18 seconds behind the winner, Harley Moyer, of Washington & Jefferson College, and barely a second after Liam Walsh from Carnegie Mellon.
Westrick was followed closely by Matt Svetz of Allegheny at 20:50 and Michael Obroin of Carnegie Mellon at 20:53.
Carnegie Mellon finished with 31 points to take the team title, followed by Case Western (63), Allegheny (97) and Washington & Jefferson (104). Gannon placed fifth with 123 points.
After Westrick, Gannon’s top finisher was
Ryan Garich, who finished 38th overall at 22:18 while Eric Ingram wound up 42nd at 22:23.
Other Gannon finishers were Garrett Sutton (51st, 22:50), Kyle Martin (70th, 23:40), Brett Whitty (80th, 24:11), Maxwell Battaglia (86th, 24:48) and Mitchel Daubert (87th, 24:55).
The race was the first four-mile competition of each Gannon runner’s collegiate career, falling between a 6 and 7K at 6.43 km.
Carnegie Mellon is nationally ranked by the
USTFCCCA, while Washington & Jefferson and Case Western are both regionally ranked.
The Knights will head to Rochester, N.Y., Monday for the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational; a year ago the Knights won the meet and Westrick finished second individually.
In the women’s competition at Meadville, Gannon wound up fifth. Meredith Morse led the Knights with a seventh-place finish in the three-mile event with a time of 18:49.
The remainder of Gannon’s top-five finshers were Grace McGrath (11th, 19:12), Cameron Perry (32nd, 20:07), Alena Wisniewski (46th, 20:29) and Taylor Roberts (51st, 20:55).
KEEFER GREGOIRE
[email protected]