Northeastern battles at CAA Championship

By Nate Owen

The Northeastern men’s and women’s cross country team ran well this past weekend at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship in Newark, Del., but weren’t able to take first place.

The women’s team finished sixth out of ten teams in the 6k run, while the men’s team took ninth out of nine teams in the 8k run. For the second straight year, William ‘ Mary swept the championship, finishing first in both the men’s and women’s races.

Juniors Kristie Gagnon and Tom Brown once again paced their respective teams. Gagnon finished 16th overall with a time of 22:53.09, while Brown placed 57th, coming in with a time 27:23.9.

Sophomore Brittany Moriarty placed 24th, finishing with a time of 23:13.55. Rounding out the top three for the Huskies was senior Amy Hicks, who finished right behind Moriarty, coming in at 27th, with a time of 27:23.9.

The men’s race saw freshman Josh Boss finish in a time of 27:29.76, coming in behind Brown at 60th overall. Sophomore Ricky Fendorak finished right after Boss at 65th, with a time of 27:39.06.

Head coach Sherman Hart said he felt that his teams ran good races, but were missing that something extra to push them over the top.

“We ran well, but we didn’t run at a championship level,” Hart said. “[We] have to run better than well at the championship.”

He sights the Huskies’ lack of experience as a reason for this, mentioning the need to adjust mentally for future meets.

“We just have to do some different things next year and then we’ll be all set,” Hart said. “We need to bring our A game to the championship.”

Hart also said the Huskies will bypass the NCAA Regional Championship in the Bronx on November 11th, so as to better prepare for the indoor and outdoor track seasons.

“I learned a lot last year and now we are going to move into the indoor season and try to prepare for the outdoor season,” Hart said. “Our goal is to conquer the CAA for the outdoor season. [We’re going into] a take no prisoners mode.”

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