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Warriors Finish Second and Third at Shacklette Invitational

Merrimack Cross Country 2017
(Merrimack College)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s cross country team started the season with a second place finish out of seven teams at the Shacklette Invitational in Manchester on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors finished just behind Stonehill College.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – 
(2nd /Seven)
Top Finisher: Christian Gentile (4th – 27:05)
Location: Manchester, N.H.

What They Said: 
Head coach Chris Cameron, “Overall, I was pleased with the effort. The men were second overall in the race, to Stonehill (College). So overall I was very pleased, a lot of our freshman adapting to the new distance ran well. We just need to work on tightening up our pack and getting out a little quicker.”

How It Happened:

  • Senior Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) led the Warriors, placing just behind Stonehill senior Alex Southiere (Cumberland, R.I.) by a second. Classmate Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.) was five seconds behind Gentile with a time of 27:10 and a fifth place finish.
  • Junior John Sava (West Newton, Mass.) was the third Merrimack runner that finished in the top-10, coming in ninth.
  • Senior Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) and freshman Matt Reimels rounded out the top-five Merrimack runners, with a 12th and 15th finish, respectively. Murphy had a time of 27:35, while Reimels clocked in at 27:54.

Up Next
Merrimack will travel to Brunswick, Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, September 16.


MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s cross country team began the 2017 season on a high note, placing third out of seven teams at the Shacklette invitational, hosted by Saint Anselm College, on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – 
(3rd /7)
Top Finisher: Julia Dempsey (11th  – 19:59)
Location: Manchester, N.H.

What They Said:
Head coach Chris Cameron, “We needed to tighten up the pack. There was a 43 second split between our one through five. We need to get to hopefully 25 seconds or better at the later stages of the season. Overall, I think most people ran well. Everyone knows we still have a lot of work to do, but it was a good race to kickoff the season.”

How It Happened:

  • Freshmen Julia Dempsey finished one second outside of a top-10 finish in her first-career race, as she placed 11th in the 81-runner field. Her time of 19:59 was three seconds faster than senior teammate, Kyle Reardon (Billerica, Mass.).
  • Sophomore Katherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.) placed 14th, clocking in at 20:04.
  • Juniors Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.) and Morgan DeBolt (Mansfield, Mass.) were separated by 10 seconds (20:32/20:42) and finished in 20th and 22nd, respectively.

Up Next
Merrimack will travel to Brunswick, Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, September 16.

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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