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Merrimack Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Place Second at Bowdoin

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Merrimack College men’s cross country team returned to action with a formidable showing at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday. It was the second race of the young season for the Warriors, who once again had three top-10 finishers in the individual leader board.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (2nd /9)
Top Finisher: Keith Steinbrecher (4th – 26:32.1)
Location: Bowdoin // Brunswick, Maine

What They Said: 
Head coach Chris Cameron: “Overall, the men and women had nearly identical splits today, almost literally identical. We really need to get that 1-5 split under 40 seconds, and the guys understand that and that’s something we’re going to be working hard on. Heat definitely played a factor today as the guys were running almost five miles but I thought they responded pretty well to that. Overall we have plenty to build on going forward. I was happy with both teams’ efforts.”

How It Happened:

  • Senior captain Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) had the top Merrimack time, averaging a 5:20 mile to finish in 26:32.1 seconds and in fourth place overall.
  • Classmate Christian Gentile (Melrose, Mass.), after a second-place finish in the first race fo the season two weeks ago, ranked second among Merrimack’s runners with a seventh-place effort. He ran the 8K course in 27:02.6 seconds.
  • Classmate Niall Coughlin (Castleton, N.Y.) rounded out the top-three just inside the top-10 in 27:18.5 seconds, while junior John Sava (West Newton, Mass.) was right behind him in 11th place in a time of 27:25.2 seconds.
  • Senior Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) and freshman Matt Reimels were neck-and-neck as Merrimack’s fifth- and sixth-fastest runners, as the two placed in 12th and 13th place, respectively, with times of 27:33.6 and 27:38.9 seconds, respectively.
  • Sophomore Noah Davis (Derry, N.H.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-seven with a 15th-place performance, running in 27:52.7 seconds.

Up Next
Merrimack will head to Franklin Park in Boston for the first of two straight races when the Warriors run in the Codfish Bowl next Saturday (Sept. 23).


BRUNSWICK, Maine – Two top-10 finishes and a third-place effort by freshman Julia Dempsey propelled the Merrimack College women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors were back in action for only their second race of the young season after last running at the Shacklette Invitational two weekends ago.

The Basics
Results: Merrimack – (2nd/9)
Top Finisher: Julia Dempsey (3rd – 19:18.9)
Location: Bowdoin // Brunswick, Maine

What They Said:
Head coach Chris Cameron: “Overall, I thought we ran well. We still have too big of a gap between our 1-5 and 1-7 so we really want to see that almost cut in half by the end of the season. But I think we’re working well toward that. Peak humidity definitely played a role today, as the heat made for tough conditions today, but I thought they ran well considering. We’re looking forward to improving at upcoming races.”

How It Happened:

  • Dempsey trimmed over 30 seconds off her time from the first race of the season as she once again led the Warriors with a third-place finish. The rookie posted a time of 19:18.6 seconds, averaging just over a six-minute mile.
  • Junior Sophie Gorton (Plymouth, Mass.) also made major improvements from her season-opening race, running to a ninth-place finish as the next-best Warrior finisher. Gorton clocked in at 19:43.3 seconds, down almost a minute from her first race of the season.
  • Senior captain Kylie Reardon (Billerica, Mass.) was just outside the top-10 with another consistent effort, posting a sub-20-minute effort while placing 11th in a time of 19:58.5 seconds.
  • Four Warriors finished in succession of one another, as junior Tia Foglietta (Lynn, Mass.) ranked 13th with a time of 20:17.0 seconds. Classmate Morgan DeBolt (Mansfield, Mass.) rounded out the top quartet of Warriors right behind Foglietta in 15th, running just two seconds behind her.
  • Sophomore Katherine Ferrara (Norfolk, Mass.) and senior Maddie Mercado (Palenville, N.Y.) rounded out Merrimack’s top-seven in 16th and 17th, respectively; they were separated by less than two seconds, with the former running a time of 20:20.5 seconds.

Up Next
Merrimack will head to Franklin Park in Boston for the first of two straight races when the Warriors run in the Codfish Bowl next Saturday (Sept. 23).

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