Cross Country to Participate in Blue and Gold Invitational Hosted by the University of Delaware on Friday

The Mount men's and women's cross country teams head to the Blue and Gold Invitational hosted by the University of Delaware on Friday, October 12th.

TIME: Women's Race at 2:00 p.m.; Men's Race at 2:45 p.m.
THE COURSE:  The men's race will be 8-kilometers while the women will be have a 6-kilometer race.
PLACE: Lums Pond State Park, Newark, Del.

RESULTS: Results will be available following the race at www.bluehens.com and www.mountathletics.com.

LAST YEAR AT THE BLUE and GOLD INVITATIONAL:  Dylan Bernard finished in sixth place to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's cross country team to a second-place finish at the Blue Hen Invitational hosted by the University of Delaware on Saturday at White Clay Creek Park last year.  The Mount women's team finished in third place behind Megan Kinsella's 11th-place finish.

Bernard finished the 8-kilometer course in 27:01.40 to pace the Mountaineers at the meet, finishing in sixth place overall.  The Mount had five runners finish in the top 20 as Chris Swisko (14th, 28:14.73), George Martinez (17th, 28:26.22), Kevin Pitts (17th, 28:31.77) and Tommy Gruschow (20th, 28:46.56) rounded out the top five.

Maryland took first place at the meet with 26 points, followed by the Mount at 73.  The Delaware Track Club, running unattached as a non-intercollegiate varsity team, earned 52 points which would have been good for second place.

Kinsella finished the 6-kilometer course in a time of 24:46.66 (11th overall) to lead the Mount women, just ahead of McKenzie Doyle, who was 13th with a mark 24:55.54.

Colleen Smith (20th, 25:35.67), Megan Schott (32nd, 26:21.29) and Kathryn Franke (34th, 26:24.19) rounded out the Mount's top five runners at the meet.

Maryland took first place with 33 points, followed by Delaware (38), the Mount (87) and Maryland-Eastern Shore (91).

LAST TIME OUT:  Megan Kinsella finished in 13th place to lead the Mount men's and women's cross country teams at the George Mason Invitational held at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, Va., on September 29.

Kinsella led the women by finishing in 13th place in a time of 23:25.5 for the 6-kilometer course.  McKenzie Doyle was 17th (23:38.4) and Megan Schott 20th (23:47.0) in the field of 80 runners.  Madeline Rico (43rd, 24:58.4) and Desi Scott (56th, 25:45.0) rounded out the top five runners.

The Mount women finished in fifth place in the seven team field, behind LaSalle (18), George Mason (84), George Washington (90) and UMBC (108).  The Mount followed with 117 points with American (148) and Saint Bonaventure (156) rounding out the field.

On the men's side, Tommy Gruschow was the Mount's top finisher, placing 41st with a time of 26:54.3 for the 8-kilomter course.  Chris Swisko was 51st in a time of 27:24.2 with Chris Jewell placing 57th (27:39.4).  The top five was rounded out by Kevin Pitts (73rd, 289:29.4) and Jesse Albright (75th, 28:30.0).

LaSalle won with meet with 28 points, followed by George Mason (41), American (74), UMBC (111), George Washington (128), the Mount (178) and Saint Bonaventure (217).

MOUNT PAIR EARNS NEC HONORS: Sophomore Tommy Gruschow was named the Northeast Conference Athlete of The Week for the second time this year after a strong showing at the Towson Invitational.  Gruschow finished in first place at Towson with a time of 26:23.36 for the 5-mile course. Megan Kinsella also earned NEC Weekly honors, receiving NEC Co-Athlete of the Week hnors after winning the race in a time of 19:00.14. 

Earlier this year, Gruschow was named NEC Athlete of the Week after finishing in sixth place overall at the Nassaney Invitational hosted by Bryant University on September 8.  The field featured nine Northeast Conference schools in a preview of the course of this year's NEC Championships.  Gruschow finished the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25:49.4, finishing sixth overall, but first among NEC competitors.

PRESEASON POLLS:  The Mount men's cross country team was picked fourth and the women eighth in the annual Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

UP NEXT: The Mount heads to the Northeast Conference Championships on Saturday, October 27, at Bryant University.