Emmitsburg, Md. (September 3, 2010)--Sophomore Megan Kinsella (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) finished in fifth place to lead the Mount St. Mary's women's cross country team to a third-place finish at the season-opening Mount St. Mary's 5K Duals on campus. Junior Dylan Bernard's (Frederick, Md./Urbana) 10th-place mark led the men's team.
Kinsella finished the 5K course in a time of 19:19.09 to pace the Mountaineers in the season-opening race. The 2009 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year has been the Mount top finisher at the 5K Duals in each of her first two seasons.
Freshman Stephanie Joson (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) had a strong debut for the Mount, finishing 11th overall with a time of 19:53.72. Sophomores Kathryn Franke (Glen Arm, Md./Loch Raven) and Colleen Smith (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) finished 16th and 19th overall, respectively, to give the Mount four top 20 finishers in the race. Franke had a time of 20:19.80 while Smith had a mark of 20:30.03.
The Mount's fifth finisher on the day was junior Megan Earley (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity), who had a time of 21:30.10 to finish 28th in the field of 57 runners.
UMBC's Sara Parkinson won the women's race with a time of 17:47.47, finishing 18 seconds ahead of Octavia Rinehardt of American.
American, however, won the meet, winning all six matchups in the race that was scored using the dual-meet format. George Mason was second at 5-1, followed by Mount St. Mary's (4-2), Maryland (3-3), UMBC (2-4), Saint Francis (Pa.) (1-5) and George Washington (0-6).
On the men's side, Bernard finished the 5K course with a time of 15:59.13 to finish 10th overall to pace the Mountaineers. Freshman Matthew Pacheco (Clarksville, Md./Atholton) was the Mount's second-fastest finisher, placing 28th with a time of 16:28.97 in his first collegiate race. Chris Swisko (Aberdeen, Md./Calvert Hall) (33rd, 16:40.08) and Sean Caskey (Dundalk, Md./Calvert Hall) (39th, 16:53.57) rounded out the Mount's top four.
American's Craig Brown was the top finisher in the race, completing the 5K course with a time of 15:33.89, to lead American to a perfect 5-0 mark in the dual races. UMBC was second at 4-1, followed by George Washington (3-2), Saint Francis (Pa.) (2-3), Mount St. Mary's (1-4) and Navy (0-5).
The Mount returns to action on Saturday, September 11, at the Central Connecticut State Blue Devil Invitational.
POST RACE INTERVIEWS
Men's Team Records
George Washington, 3-2
Saint Francis (Pa.), 2-3
Mount St. Mary's, 1-4
Men's Team Scores
American 15, George Washington 49
American 15, Mount St. Mary's 48
American 15, Saint Francis (Pa.) 50
American 19, UMBC 41
American 15, Navy 49
George Washington 26, Mount St. Mary's 31
George Washington 24, Saint Francis (Pa.) 33
UMBC 17, George Washington 42
George Washington 25, Navy 32
Saint Francis (Pa.) 26, Mount St. Mary's 29
UMBC 18, Mount St. Mary's 45
Mount St. Mary's 24, Navy 31
UMBC 15, Saint Francis (Pa.) 49
Saint Francis (Pa.) 24, Navy 32
UMBC 17, Navy 46
Women's Team Records
George Mason, 5-1
Mount St. Mary's, 4-2
Saint Francis (Pa.), 1-5
George Washington, 0-6
Women's Team Scores
American 26, George Mason 30
American 18, George Washington 43
American 22, Mount St. Mary's 33
American 17, Saint Francis (Pa.) 41
American 24, UMBC 33
American 20, Maryland 35
George Mason 19, George Washington 40
George Mason 24, Mount St. Mary's 32
George Mason 19, Saint Francis (Pa.) 39
George Mason 22, UMBC 36
George Mason 19, Maryland 39
Mount St. Mary's 19, George Washington 37
Saint Francis (Pa.) 22, George Washington 34
UMBC 20, George Washington 37
Maryland 20, George Washington 35
Mount St. Mary's 21, Saint Francis (Pa.) 34
Mount St. Mary's 26, UMBC 29
Mount St. Mary's 23, Maryland 32
UMBC 23, Saint Francis (Pa.) 32
Maryland 25, Saint Francis (Pa.) 30
Maryland 27, UMBC 28