MANCHESTER, Conn - The Johnson & Wales men's and women's cross country teams opened their season at the Trinity Invitational at Wickham Park in Manchester, Conn. The men finished in 5th place while the women placed 7th.
The men's team scored 170 points to come in behind Coast Guard and ahead of St. Joseph's of Connecticut. There was a 1 point differential between the top three teams, with Franklin Peirce coming in first with 39 points, trailed by Trinity with 40 points, and American International with 41.
Leading the pack for the men's first-year Zach Curry who placed 48th overall recording a time of 19:15.1 in his collegiate debut. He was closely followed by returning sophomore Matthew Ursillo (19:43.7), first-year Ethan Malorzo (19:47.1), and first-year Owen Eubanks (19:50.8).
While the Johnson & Wales women's team finished with 214 points, besting Western Connecticut State, and trailing closely behind Saint Joseph's of Connecticut. Trinity came in first, winning the women's race with 38 points.
The women's team was led by its first-year runners, with Claire Livernois crossing the line at 26:34.9. She was closely followed by fellow teammate Haley Chaykowski (26:42.1), Ellie Aliperti (27:47.5), and Kaleigh Kearney (28:29.2).
The Wildcats return to the trail 12 p.m Saturday, September 14 at the Mitchell Invitational in Mitchell Woods.
Men's Results 48. Zach Curry 19:15.1
56. Matthew Ursillo 19:43.7
57. Nathan Malorzo 19:47.1
58. Owen Eubanks 19:50.8
65. Nick Pereira 20:32.5
72. Anthony Marc Chavez 21:56.4
75. Nathan Pasquarello 22:58.9
78. Kyle Spicher 23:54.6
79. Luis Santiago 24:01.8
80. Blake Reale 24:04.1
86. Dumah Reid 25:58.2
67. Claire Livernois 26:34.9
68. Haley Chaykowski_Jewett 26:42.1
73. Ellie Aliperti 27:47.5
76. Kayleigh Kearney 28:06.7
77. Ameila Warfel 28:29.2
80. Tori Finch 30:36.0
83. Jules Thompson 32:06.9
85. Kate Henderson 33:58.2