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Steinbrecher Paces Men’s Cross Country at Codfish Bowl, Dempsey Leads Women

BOSTON – Led by senior captain Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.), the Merrimack College men’s cross country team placed second at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (2nd /10)
Top Finisher: Keith Steinbrecher (4th – 26:59)
Location: Franklin Park // Boston

What They Said: 
Head coach Chris Cameron: “This race was unique for us in that we almost used it as a workout; we practiced our tempo in the middle three miles, and I thought we ran well considering. This was a hard week or practice for us, so overall I was pleased with how we did. We still need to work on tightening the gap between our first and seventh runners, that’s a major theme of the weeks ahead. We worked on that a little bit in this race, but we still need improvement on that. Overall, though, we’re heading in the right direction.”

How It Happened:

  • Steinbrecher led the Merrimack contingent for the second straight week, crossing the finish line in 26:59. He was the second-fastest collegiate runner in attendance and had the best time among all Northeast-10 Conference male runners. Steinbrecher placed fourth overall.
  • Classmate Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) was right behind Steinbrecher in sixth place, running the event in 27:08.
  • Junior John Sava (West Newton, Mass.) was next among the Warrior runners in 18th place, finishing in 27:45, while senior Connor Murphy(Paxton, Mass.) was the first of a pack of five Warrior runners who finished within 40 seconds of one another. Murphy placed 25th in 28:09.
  • Senior Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.), freshman Gunnar Hasselquist and sophomore Noah Davis (Derry, N.H.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-seven in spots 27, 29 and 31, respectively.
  • Merrimack placed second as a team for the third straight race.

Up Next
Merrimack will lace up against New England’s top runners in two weeks’ time when it competes in the 2017 NEICCCA Cross Country Championships back at Franklin Park on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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BOSTON – Reigning Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Rookie of the Week Julia Dempsey (Cumberland, R.I.) led her team individually for the third week in a row to help the Merrimack College women’s cross country team finish in third at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday at Franklin Park.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (3rd/14)
Top Finisher: Julia Dempsey (6th – 19:50)
Location: Franklin Park // Boston

What They Said:
Head coach Chris Cameron: “I thought we ran well – we had a very difficult week of practice, which I think factored into the overall performance, but we did have a little bit better of a split between our first and seventh runners. We still need to work on getting that split under 35 seconds, whereas we’re up near the mid-50s right now. That’s something we’ll continue to work on. It was a good hard week and overall I thought we ran well.”

How It Happened:

  • Dempsey was the fourth-fastest collegian in attendance at Saturday’s race and the fastest NE10 freshman runner on the course. The rookie finished sixth with a time of 19:50.
  • Junior Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.) was the next-best finisher once again, placing 22nd overall with a final time of 20:30.
  • Three straight Warriors finished in succession shortly after Gorton; sophomore Katherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.) and seniors Randa Griffin(West Hartford, Conn.) and Kylie Reardon (Billerica, Mass.) all crossed the line in 32nd, 33rd and 34th place, respectively, and were seprated by a second each. Ferrara just edged the trio with a time of 20:47.
  • Junior Morgan DeBolt (Mansfield, Mass.) was the sixth-quickest Warrior woman after placing 37th (20:54), and classmate Jackie Coscia(Scituate, Mass.) rounded out the top-seven just inside the top-40 by running the race in 21:05.
  • Merrimack, as a team, ranked third and was the second-fastest Division II and NE10 school in attendance.

Up Next
Merrimack will lace up against New England’s top runners in two weeks’ time when it competes in the 2017 NEICCCA Cross Country Championships back at Franklin Park on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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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