South Bend, Ind. (September 15, 2017)—Nicolas Fransham finished in 21st place to lead the Mount St. Mary's cross country teams at the National Catholic Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame on Friday. Ashleigh Kocher was the top finisher for the Mount women.
The men's team finished in eighth place in the 11-team field. Dayton took home first place honors with 41 points, followed by Notre Dame (44), Marquette (77), Duquesne (88), Canisius (106), St. Louis (148), DePaul (205), Mount St. Mary's (240), Holy Cross (244), Detroit Mercy (279) and St. Bonaventure (299).
Fransham just missed a top 20 finish, completing the five mile course in a time of 26:03.7 to finish in 21st place in the field of 85 runners. Isaac Kole (48th, 27:08.8), Chris Evans (47th, 27:11.5), Mitchel Wileczek (69th, 28:28.2) and Jonah Smith (71st, 28:33.5) rounded out the Mount's top five.
On the women's side, Notre Dame took home first place with 34 points, followed by Dayton (43), Marquette (80), St. Louis (102), Duquesne (130), Holy Cross (138), Canisius (188), DePaul (222), Detroit Mercy (262), St. Bonaventure (272) and the Mount (312).
Kocher was the Mount's top finisher (60th, 20:14.0) on the five-kilometer course, followed by Clarke Hooper (63rd, 20:22.2), Alexandra Kay (70th, 20:39.5), Destiny Boone (73rd, 20:50.4) and Adria Pirozzi (80th, 21:49.8).
The Mount cross country teams return to action in two weeks at the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh University.