MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College men’s cross country team opened its season in a big way, placing seven finishers in the top-15, led by senior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.), who finished in second place, to win the Schacklette Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Finish: Merrimack College (1st/9)
Location: Saint Anselm College | Manchester, N.H.
What They Said
Head Coach Chris Cameron: “I was very pleased with the men on a great first race of the season. The freshmen especially handled the hot conditions and the jump in distance from 5K to 8K. Today should build plenty of confidence for us as we continue to train, grow and improve over the course of the season.”
How It Happened
The Warriors started the season in stellar fashion with a meet win. Cruz’s time of 27:10.9 was best on the team, and good enough for second place overall. He was followed by freshman Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.), who took sixth place in his first collegiate race with a time of 27:39.3.
Fellow freshman Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.) wasn’t far behind Steinbrecher, taking eighth place and crossing the line just eight seconds after his teammate.
Another Merrimack freshman, Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.), finished in 12th place with a time of 28:12.1 and sophomores Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.) and James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.) rounded out the top-15, taking 14th and 15th overall.
How They Finished
1. Merrimack (38)
2. Stonehill (50)
3. Univ. of New England (83)
4. Assumption (106)
5. Bentley (115)
6. St. MIchael’s (185)
7. Southern New Hampshire (191)
8. Saint Anselm (199)
9. Plymouth State (267)
The Warriors return to action next Saturday, Sept. 13, when they travel to Rindge, New Hampshire to race in the Kirsh Cross Country Cup.