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Merrimack Cross Country Opened Second Half at New England Championships

BOSTON – The Merrimack College men’s cross country team defeated three Division I schools and had the fourth-best showing of any Northeast-10 Conference competitor at the 2017 NEICAAAA New England Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park in Boston.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (18th/27)
Top Finisher: Keith Steinbrecher (39th – 26:09)
Location: Franklin Park // Boston

What They Said: 
Head coach Chris Cameron: “I thought we started the second half of our season in a great way today. The New England Championship is obviously special in that it pits us against Division I, II and III schools from all over New England, and to go out and defeat three Division I schools I think says a lot on where we are as a team. We still looked a little tired and I think having two weeks off now will help as we gear up for the Northeast-10 Conference Championship.”

How It Happened:

  • Senior Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) was at his best again, accounting for Merrimack’s best individual finish on Saturday. The senior captain crossed the finish line in 26:09. Steinbrecher averaged a 5:16 mile and was among the top runners from other NE10 schools, as well. He finished 39th overall in the league standings.
  • Senior Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.) was the next-best Warrior finisher with a time of 26:48. Classmate Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) rounded out the top-three in 27:05.
  • Junior John Sava (West Newton, Mass.) was the fourth-fastest Merrimack finisher (27:54), while sophomore Noah Davis (Derry, N.H.) rounded out the top-five in 28:06.
  • Merrimack finished 18th in the team standings, beating Division I schools Holy Cross, Hartford and Fairfield. The Warriors were also the fourth-best NE10 school at the meet, as well.

Up Next
Merrimack will compete for the conference crown two weeks from tomorrow at the 2017 NE10 Championship on Sunday, Oct. 22. The race will be held at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Before then, Merrimack will also host its now-annual Homecoming 5K/Alumni Race as part of 2017 Homecoming Weekend on campus. The race will be held Saturday (Oct. 14) morning at 8 a.m.and will start and end at brand-new Warrior Stadium.

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BOSTON – The Merrimack College women’s cross country team began the second half of the season at the 2017 NEICAAAA New England Championship on Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston. The Warriors defeated three Division I schools and built a foundation for what should be an exciting next few weeks of postseason races at the conference and regional level.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (21st/28)
Top Finisher: Julia Dempsey (109th – 20:16)
Location: Franklin Park // Boston

What They Said:
Head coach Chris Cameron: “I was pleased with our showing today on both sides, and I thought this was a good building block for what we can consider our ‘championship season’. It’s been a difficult few weeks of training, so having this exposure to a race that certainly has that postseason atmosphere is a good learning experience for us. We’re excited to compete for a conference title two weeks from tomorrow.”

How It Happened:

  • Freshman Julia Dempsey (Cumberland, R.I.) led the Merrimack contingent once again for the fourth time this season. Her time of 19:51 also saw her average a 6:24mile over the course of the race.
  • Junior Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.) was the next-best finisher once again, posting a time of 20:16. After her, senior Randa Griffin (West Hartford, Conn.) posted a time of 20:28, three seconds faster than the Warriors’ fourth-best performer in junior Tia Foglietta (Lynn, Mass.), who ran the event in 20:31.
  • Finally, sophomore Katherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.)rounded out Merrimack’s top-five with a time of 20:36.
  • Merrimack, as a team, placed 21st overall and topped Division I schools Maine, Fairfield and Hartford. The Warriors were also the fourth-best NE10 school in attendance, topping fellow conference constituents Bentley, Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce.

Up Next
Merrimack will compete for the conference crown two weeks from tomorrow at the 2017 NE10 Championship on Sunday, Oct. 22. The race will be held at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Before then, Merrimack will also host its now-annual Homecoming 5K/Alumni Race as part of 2017 Homecoming Weekend on campus. The race will be held Saturday (Oct. 14) morning at 8 a.m.and will start and end at brand-new Warrior Stadium.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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