Wildcats Run at James Early Invitational

Wildcats Run at James Early Invitational

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Going up against its strongest competition of the year, the Johnson & Wales University cross country teams took to the trail at the James Early Invitational, hosted by Westfield State. The men finished 25th on the 8k course with a total of 651 points while the women scored 827 points to place 30th in the 5k race.

Just missing out on a top 10 performance in the men's race was senior Adam Sachs (Ellicott City, Md.) with an 11th-place time of 25:58.81. Senior Brandon Au (Oxford, Conn.) posted a time of 28:16.05 while classmate Alex Melnick (Port Jervis, NY) was just four seconds behind at 28:20.49. Rounding out the JWU scorers with season-best times was Josh Letendre (East Providence, RI) at 29:36.62 and a 30:12.48 from freshman Mike Jones (Wallkill, NY).

Freshman Ciera Gross (Blairstown, NJ) continues to lead the women's program as she was the first Wildcat across the line with a time of 25:31.41 to take 160th. Classmate Mary Kelly (Wheaton, Ill.) was close behind at 25:39.81 as was Olivia Molokwu (Malden, Mass) with a 25:46.65. Taniecia Anderson (Mt. Vernon, NY) and Kellie Graf (Ballston Lake, NY) finished up the JWU scoring at 26:38.55 and 27:18.13, respectively.

Johnson & Wales runs its final meet of the regular season when it travels to the Emmanuel Invitational on Friday.

Men's Results
11. Adam Sachs - 25:58.81
134. Brandon Au -  28:16.05
140. Alex Melnick - 28:20.49
229. Josh Letendre - 29:36.62
269. Mike Jones - 30:12.48
285. David Sherman - 30:28.88 
340. Alex Nathan - 32:04.87   
385. Kyle Lucht - 34:29.24        
406. Alex Robinson -  36:29.24     

Women's Results

160 Ciera Gross - 25:31.41
179 Mary Kelly - 25:39.81
188 Olivia Molokwu -  25:46.6
5255 Taniecia Anderson - 26:38.55
302 Kellie Graf - 27:18.13
320 Alison King - 27:42.18
347 Hannah Blossom - 28:11.94