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Merrimack Women Win First Race of Season

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RINDGE, N.H.  – Led by three Warrior runners finishing inside the top-five of the event, the Merrimack College women’s cross country team claimed its first team victory of the season in commanding fashion Saturday, finishing first atop a 10-team field at the Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup hosted by Franklin Pierce University.

The Basics

Finish: Merrimack (1st/10)
Location: Franklin Pierce Cross Country Course | Rindge, N.H.

How It Happened

A trio of Warrior women were responsible for the team title on Saturday, as junior Kelsey Grimmer (Shelton, Conn.), freshman Tiana Kibbe (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Fiona Coleman (Windsor, Conn.)  each finished back-to-back-to-back in third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to lead Merrimack to victory.

Grimmer led the way averaging just over a seven-minute mile en route to a third-place finish. The Shelton, Conn., native finished in 22:01, three seconds ahead of Kibbe (22:04), while Coleman rounded out the top-five with a fifth-place showing in 22:11.

Two more Warriors placed inside the top-10 to round out the group of Merrimack scorers; placing seventh with a time of 22:26 was sophomore Kerry Phelan (Peabody, Mass.), while senior Brianna Devereaux(Londonderry, N.H.) placed 10th in 22:43.

Up Next

Merrimack will enjoy an off week next weekend before returning to the course on Saturday, Sept. 28, when it participates in the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston.

Merrimack Men Take Third

RINDGE, N.H.  – Paced by four different racers finishing inside the top-15, the Merrimack College men’s cross country team finished third overall on Saturday afternoon at the Kirsch Cross Country Cup hosted by Franklin Pierce University.

The Basics

Finish: Merrimack (3rd/9)
Location: Franklin Pierce Cross Country Course | Rindge, N.H.

How It Happened

Coming off last week’s second-place finish at the Shacklette Invitational, Merrimack placed third after a combined time of 1:32:05, finishing behind host Franklin Pierce and runner-up American International in the nine-team field.

Leading the way for the Warriors was a combination of underclassmen and upperclassmen, as rookie Dan O’Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) paced the Navy and Gold with a time of 18:15 in the 5K course, finishing 11th overall in the process.
Behind him sat three different Warriors finishing back-to-back-to-back in 13th through 15th place, as juniorsLuis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) and Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) and rookie Dan Brien (Pittsfield, Mass.)each crossed the finish line in succession. Cruz earned a 13th-place finish with a time of 18:19, just ahead of Ali (18:23) and Brien (18:23).
Rounding out the group of Merrimack scorers freshman James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.), who placed 25thoverall with a time of 18:47.

Up Next

Merrimack will enjoy an off week next weekend before returning to the course on Saturday, Sept. 28, when it participates in the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston.

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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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