CROSS COUNTRY COMPETES AT PRINCETON INVITATIONAL
PRINCETON, NJ – Senior Molly McKeon led Monmouth University’s women’s cross country team to an eighth place result at the Princeton Invitational, while sophomore Kyle Mueller led the men’s team to a 14th place finish on Saturday morning. The duo notched the second-fastest times in Monmouth history at West Windsor Fields. McKeon finished the women’s 6k in 22:15.2, while Mueller crossed the finish line during the men’s 8k in 24:52.6.
NOTES AND QUOTES
“The women raced fairly well, but they know with the work we have been putting in that we can absolutely do more in the big weeks ahead with some really tough racing,” - Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni
“The men were much too spread out to finish where we would’ve liked to in this meet. There were five teams not far from us that we could’ve finished in front of with perhaps one more strong race. We did have some new people really step up today when some of our top veterans were not at their best, which was encouraging,” - Monmouth head coach Joe Compagni
-Monmouth’s women had their top-5 finishers within 43 seconds of each other.
-The women’s average time was their best ever in 12 races on the Princeton course, which was first used in 2006. The previous best was 22:44.1, set by Cupp, McKeon, Sydney Engelberger, Hanlon and Danielle Leavitt last year.
-McKeon’s time is #2 in school history on the Princeton course, topped only by the 22:14.7 recorded by Cupp last year. Cupp’s time is fourth in school history at Princeton, Hanlon’s time is tenth in school history at Princeton, Wilson’s time is 13th in school history at Princeton, and freshman Dayna Luma, who ran 23:29.0 to finish as the Hawks’ 7th runner, recorded the fifth fastest freshman time in school history at Monmouth.
-Kyle Mueller’s time is his collegiate best.
-The Princeton course record holder is Khari Bowen ’15, who raced to a 24:42 here in 2013.
-Rafferty’s time is a new Monmouth freshman record at Princeton, eclipsing the 25:11 run here by Domenick D’Agostino in 2012.
-Huggins-Filozof’s time is 12th in school history at Princeton. Pron’s time is ninth in school history for Monmouth freshman at Princeton. Evan Jerolaman recorded the 11th best time in school history for Monmouth freshman at Princeton.
-Monmouth’s average time was fourth in school history at Princeton. The Hawks’ best-ever time was 25:13.6, set in 2012 by Bowen, D'Agostino, Alex Leight, Huggins-Filozof, and Sean Hartnett.
-In the field of 215 runners, McKeon took 32nd overall.
-Behind McKeon on the women’s side was Jenna Cupp in 40th (22:27.4), Maggie Hanlon in 43rd (22:31.2), Allie Wilson in 50th (22:36.8), Rachael Baker (22:58.2), Kristen Rodgers-Erickson (23:27.5), and Dayna Luma (23:29.0).
-Mueller finished 33rd overall in the field of 226.
-Freshman Ryan Rafferty took 54th overall in the loaded field, finishing in 25:07.8. Behind Mueller and Rafferty were Graham Huggins-Filozof (25:21.1), Rob DeFalco (25:43.0), Evan Pron (26:07.7), Evan Jerolaman (26:14.8), and Kevin Summonte (26:15.5).
-The men’s team had an average time of 25:26.5 on the 8k course (5.0 miles), while the women’s team averaged 22:33.8 in the 6k race (3.79 miles).
Monmouth will have one final tune-up before the MAAC Championship in Orlando, FL, as the team will travel to New Britain, CT to run in the Central Connecticut State 14th Annual Mini-Meet on Friday, October 21. The MAAC Championship will be held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, October 29.