BOSTON – Paced by two separate top-15 finishes on both sides, the Merrimack College men’s and women’s cross country teams put up a solid showing at the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational on Saturday at Franklin Park.
Top Finishers (M/W): Evan Vadenais (10th | 26:56) / Kristin Schmidt (14th | 19:53)
Team Finishes (M/W): Men 3rd | Women 5th
Location: Franklin Park | Boston, Mass.
What They Said
Head Coach Chris Cameron: “Overall, I think both teams ran a little tired. We did have a hard week of training last week and I think we might’ve been still recovering from that. But I’m not going to put too much stock in this one race, the season is still young and hopefully we’ll bounce back, continue to train hard and keep improving. It wasn’t one of our best days but we still have a lot of the season in front of us.”
How It Happened
Junior Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) propelled the men to a third-place team finish with one of his finest races with the Navy and Gold, placing 10th – best on both men’s and women’s sides – with a final time of 26:56.
Behind him, freshman Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) was the second-fastest Warrior, placing 12th in an even 27:00; finally, sophomore James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.) rounded out the trio of top-three men with a 21st-place finish in 27:34.
Over on the women’s side, junior Kristin Schmidt (Athens, N.Y.) put up a strong effort, leading the team with a 14th-place finish and a sub-20-minute time of 19:53. After her, sophomore Claire Aalerud (Winchester, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 23rd place with a time of 20:25, and the third-fastest Warrior for the women was sophomore Kathleen Carney (Glastonbury, Conn.), who placed 29th in 20:54.
The Warriors host their annual Alumni Meet at home next Saturday, Oct. 4, before competing in the New England Championships the following weekend back in Franklin Park.