Women Sixth, Men Fifth at Trinity CC Invitational

Women Sixth, Men Fifth at Trinity CC Invitational

MANCHESTER, Conn. – Mary Kelly was the top women's finishers as the Wildcats placed sixth on the Wickham Park 5k course at the Trinity College Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. Led by the second third-place finish in as many weeks by Adam Sachs, the Johnson & Wales University men's cross country team placed fifth.

Backed by three runners in the top 30, the men scored 118 points, finishing just eight points behind Eastern Connecticut State. The women posted 177 points – an improvement of 112 points from last week – and finished just behind fifth-place St. Joseph (Conn.).

Sachs (Ellicott City, Md.) just missed out on another top two finish as he crossed the line in 16:38. Next across the line were seniors Alex Melnick (Port Jervis, NY) at 18:27 and Brandon Au (Oxford, Conn.) 10 seconds later in 29th place. Rounding out the JWU point scorers was David Sherman (Yarmouthport, Mass.) in 32nd at 18:53 and Mike Jones (Wallkill, NY) finished in 20:24 to take 42nd.

Moving up 24 spots from last week, Kelly (Wheaton, Ill.) posted the fastest women's time at 23:31 to take 34th. Right behind her was junior Alison King (San Diego, Calif.) at 23:33 in 35th. Olivia Molokwu (Malden, Mass.) crossed the line in 24:18 to take 43rd. Senior Kellie Graf (Ballston Lake, NY) was 50th at 25:23 and Shannon Rothermel (Lenhartsville, Pa.) posted a time of 26:22 to take 56th and complete the JWU scoring.

Johnson & Wales is back on the course next Saturday when it travels to the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.

Women's Results 
34. Mary Kelly - 23:31
35. Alison King - 23:33
43. Olivia Molokwu - 24:18
50. Kellie Graf - 25:23
56. Shannon Rothermel - 26:22
58. Dazira Fulton - 26:33
59. Taniecia Anderson - 26:43
69. Julia Thompson - 28:36 

Men's Results
3. Adam Sachs - 16:38
27. Alex Melnick - 18:27
29. Brandon Au - 18:37
32. David Sherman - 18:53
42. Mike Jones - 20:24
46. Harold Hennessey - 20:51
53. Kyle Lucht - 21:58
63. Alex Robinson - 23:22