Gettysburg, Pa. (October 14, 2017)--Nicolas Fransham captured first place to lead the Mount St. Mary's cross country teams at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday. Fransham, who topped the field of 254 runners, posted a time of 25:40.2 for the eight-kilometer course to bring home individual honors and help the Mountaineers to a second-place team finish. Clarke Hooper was the women's top finisher as the Mountaineers finished seventh in the field of 31 schools.
The Mount had four runners finish in the top 32 on the men's side to finish second among college teams at the meet behind The College of New Jersey. In addition to Fransham's winning time, Chris Evans finished 14th overall with a mark of 26:30.1, Isaac Kole 20th with a time of 26:39.7 and Benjamin Finnigan 32nd with a mark of 27:00.3. Jonah Smith was the Mount's fifth fastest runner, placing 58th with a time of 28:02.4.
The Georgetown Running Company finished in first place in the field of 25 teams with 50 points, followed by TCNJ (54) and the Mount (115).
For the women, Hooper was 30th in the field of 282 runners with a time of 24:12.0 for the six-kilometer course. Ashleigh Kocher was 34th overall with a time of 24:19.8. Destiny Boone was 56th overall with a time of 24:48.8 with teammate Adria Pirozzi right behind in 57th place with a makr of 24:49.2. Maddie Kole made her season debut, posting a time of 25:02.3 to finish 64th in the field.
TCNJ won the women's meet (36 points), followed by Ohio Wesleyan (143), St. Bonaventure (169), West Chester (192), Gettysburg (205), Washington and Lee (228) and the Mount (231).