Cross Country, Sports

Cross country falls just short of America East gold

For much of the season, the Boston University cross country team worked toward several common goals, with one being an America East Conference championship.

While this end was ultimately not fully realized, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished in second place in the championship meet Sunday in Albany, N.Y.

The men’s team, who went into the race as the defending America East champions, finished in a tie for first place, but lost a tie breaker to the host University at Albany to claim second prize. Both the Terriers and Great Danes finished with 60 points.

Among the BU male competitors, sophomore Rich Peters continued his standout season by finishing in fourth place, the highest of any Terrier in the race, with a final time of 24:40.36. Senior Peter Gilmore finished almost directly behind Peters with a sixth place time of 24:48.03.

Due to their finishing times, both Peters and Gilmore collected all-conference honors.

Rounding out BU’s top-25 finishers were junior Matt Paulson in 11th place (25:02.11), senior Joe Greenspun in 16th place (25:09.71) and senior Craig MacPherson in 23rd place (25:19.02).

On the women’s side, the Terriers finished in a tie for second place with the University of New Hampshire, as both teams finished with 56 points. Stony Brook University captured first place in the meet with 40 points.

Spearheading the second-place effort for BU was senior Katie Matthews, who finished the race in second place with a time of 16:54.66, roughly three seconds behind the first-place finisher, Hayley Green of Stony Brook.

Along with New Hampshire, BU was one of two teams that had multiple top-five competitors, as sophomore Rosa Moriello finished in fifth place with a final time of 17:04.18. Like their male counterparts Peters and Gilmore, Matthews and Moriello earned spots on the all-conference team.

The Terriers also had four other team members in the top-25 of the race, with freshman Eleanor Wimhurst finishing in 12th place (17:32.39), senior Kathleen Davis in 15th place (17:51.12), junior Nikki Long in 22nd place (18:09.15) and senior Madeline Steiner in 24th place (18:16.10).

With the matching second-place finish now to their credit, the men’s and women’s teams will return to competition this weekend as they are set to compete in the New England Open Championships on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston. The race will be the final tune-up before the NCAA Regionals begin on Nov. 12.

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