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Warriors Finish Second and Third at Shacklette Invitational

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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.

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