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Cross Country: Merrimack Men Second, Women Third at Schacklette

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MANCHESTER, N.H. – Led by a trio of top-10 finishes, including a second-place performance from freshmanDan Brien, a third-place finish from junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) and a 10th-place effort by rookie Dan O’Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.), the Merrimack College men’s cross country team opened the year with a second-place team finish on Saturday afternoon at the Shacklette Invitational.

The Basics

Finish: Merrimack College (2nd/7)

Location: Saint Anselm College| Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened

Running in their first event of the young 2013 season, the Warriors – who relied on a bevy of talent from underclassmen last fall – got off to a strong start this season thanks to the efforts of Brien and Ali, who placed second and third, respectively.

For Brien, who was running in his first collegiate competition, the result was even more spectacular, while Cruz, an anchor for the Warriors during his first year on campus as a sophomore in 2012, picked up right where he left off.

O’Flynn and sophomore Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.), finished within two seconds of each other for 10th and 11th overall, while Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) and Joey Smith (Medfield, Mass.) also earned team points for Merrimack in 13th and 16th, respectively. Finally, freshman Tim Keohane represented the Warriors’ seventh-best finisher, placing 19th to round out the field.

How They Finished (Lowest Score Wins)

  1. 1.       Stonehill (30)
  2. 2.       Merrimack (39)
  3. 3.       Assumption (80)
  4. 4.       Bentley (120)
  5. 5.       St. Anselm (132)
  6. 6.       St. Michael’s (168)
  7. 7.       New England College (199)

Up Next

The Warriors return to action next Saturday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Franklin Pierce to participate in the Kirsh Cross Country Cup.

Women’s Results

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Guided by a team-best ninth-place finish from junior Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.), the Merrimack College women’s cross country team opened up the 2013 slate with a third-place team finish at the Shacklette Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Saint Anselm College.

The Basics

Finish: Merrimack College (3rd/8)
Location:
 Saint Anselm College| Manchester, N.H.

How It Happened

One of the Warriors’ top performers in each of her first two seasons on campus, Grimmer and senior Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.) were Merrimack’s only two runners to post sub-20 times in the 5K course. Grimmer led the pack in ninth place with a time of 19:37.9, while Coleman finished 14th (19:58.6).

Sophomore Kristin Schmidt (Athens, N.Y.) also finished inside the top-20 with an 18th-place performance (20:13.4), while reigning NE-10 Women’s Rookie of the Year Kerry Phelan (Peabody, Mass.) represented Merrimack’s fourth-best finisher after placing 20th with a time of 20:22.1.

Senior Briana Devereaux (Londonderry, N.H.) placed 22nd after crossing the finish line in 20:26.3, and finally, freshmen Tiana Kibbe (Cranston, R.I.) and Claire Aalerud (Winchester, Mass.) finished back-to-back in 25thand 26th, respectively, to round out the field of Merrimack’s scoring runners.

How They Finished (Lowest Score Wins)

  1. 1.       Stonehill (22)
  2. 2.       St. Michael’s (69)
  3. 3.       Merrimack (80)
  4. 4.       St. Rose (98)
  5. 5.       St. Anselm (121)
  6. 6.       Assumption (187)
  7. 7.       New England College (198)
  8. 8.       Bentley (212)

Up Next

The Warriors return to action next Saturday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Franklin Pierce to participate in the Kirsh Cross Country Cup.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th 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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