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Merrimack cross country takes first in men’s and women’s division at Codfish Bowl

BOSTON – The Merrimack men’s cross country team saw six of its runners place in the top-10 of the individual leader board to dominate its way to the team title at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday at Franklin Park in Boston. Rookie TJ Corliss was the individual champion and led the Warriors for the second race in a row.

The Basics
Results: 1st/8
Top Finisher: TJ Corliss (1st – 26:45)
Location: Franklin Park / Boston, Mass.

What They Said: 
Head coach Chris Cameron: “Both teams had a great day today. Considering how young of a team we have, we were very pleased to see them get the win today. They know there’s still plenty to improve on, but it was a great team effort today.”

How It Happened:

  • Corliss, once again, was the first Warrior to finish on the day, posting a time of 26:45 to take home his first career victory.
  • Senior captain John Sava was just nine seconds behind, earning a second-place finish after crossing in 26:54.
  • Another freshman – Colin Fitzpatrick – was the next Warrior to finish and did so in fourth place overall with a time of 27:02. Classmate Joseph Forest was not far behind, placing sixth with a time of 27:19.
  • Sophomore Gunnar Hasselquist rounded out the top-five for the Warriors with a ninth-place performance, edging junior captain Noah Davis at the finish line. Both were clocked at 27:31 officially.
  • Sophomores Ryan Sullivan (27:49), Shamus Malia (27:52), freshman James Bull (27:58) and sophomore Ben Forest (28:07) rounded out the top-20 of the individual standings.
  • After a second-place finish at the season-opening Shacklette Invitational, the Warriors picked up their first team win of the year. It marked the first title for the team since the 2014 Shacklette Invitational.

Up Next
The Warriors will be back in action in two weeks when they compete in the New England Championships right back at Franklin Park on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Merrimack women take first place at Codfish Bowl

BOSTON – With four runners placing in the top-six overall, including another race victory by junior Katherine Ferrarathe Merrimack College women’s cross country team won for the second time in three tries this young season with a victory at the Codfish Bowl on Saturday.

The Basics
Results: 1st/11
Top Finisher: Katherine Ferrara (1st – 19:09)
Location: Franklin Park / Boston, Mass.

What They Said:
Head coach Chris Cameron: “Another good win for the girls today. We still have a lot of hard training ahead of us as we keep pushing toward hopefully continuing what has been a positive trend in the early portions of the season as we try to build something special.”

How It Happened:

  • As Ferrara has gone, so have the Warriors; the third-year runner won for the second time in three tries – just as the team has – with a final time of 19:09 on Saturday.
  • Senior Tia Foglietta and sophomore Julia Dempsey were second and third on the leader board with times of 19:17 and 19:32, respectively, to round out an all-Warrior podium.
  • Sophomore Kate Fisher was next to finish in sixth place, crossing the finish line in 19:37, while
  • senior Sophie Gorton earned an 11th-place finish with a time of 19:54.
  • Freshman Sarah Tierney  and senior Jackie Coscia earned top-20 spots in the standings after they finished consecutively with times of 20:30 and 20:38. Senior Morgan DeBolt rounded out the top-seven for the Warriors with a time of 20:48, good for 23rd overall.
  • Merrimack blew away the 11-team field with a score of 23 points, 72 points better than second-place Worcester State, to take home its second tittle of the young season.

Up Next
The Warriors will be back in action in two weeks when they compete in the New England Championships right back at Franklin Park on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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