CROSS COUNTRY TRAVELS TO FLORIDA FOR MAAC CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY
ORLANDO, FL - After Monmouth’s men’s cross country team was picked fourth in the MAAC preseason polls and the women were picked third, the team enjoyed another successful regular season behind 22nd-year head coach Joe Compagni. The teams will travel to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, FL for the 2016 MAAC Cross Country Championship. The men’s 8k will begin at 8:00 AM on Saturday and the women’s 6k will follow at 9:00 AM. Both races will be broadcast on ESPN3. Monmouth’s women have placed in the top-4 during the last three years of the championship, while the men have finished fifth, seventh, and fourth, respectively.
Both teams came out on top at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off at Thompson Park on September 3. Freshman Taylor Rettig and senior Jenna Cupp crossed the finish line together, taking the win with a time of 14:37.85. On the men’s side, Graham Huggins-Filozof topped the group with a time of 19:17.42. Monmouth freshman Taylor Rettig won Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women’s Runner of the Week after her performance.
The women finished second overall at the Ed Joyce Fordham Invitational on September 10, as freshman Taylor Rettig, senior Jenna Cupp, and junior Danielle Leavitt were among the first ten runners to cross the finish line.
On September 17, each team placed first in the 22nd Annual Monmouth Invitational at Holmdel Park. The men had seven out of the top nine finishers, including freshman Ryan Rafferty taking second overall. Rafferty finished the five miles in 27:09.37. The women totaled 12 out of the top 15 finishers, including Danielle Leavitt taking third with her collegiate personal-best.
The women’s team posted the best top-5 average time in school history, while the men posted the second best average time during Lehigh University’s 43rd Annual Paul Short Run on October 3. A week later at the University of Delaware’s Blue & Gold Invitational, four out of the five Monmouth runners placed in the top five including Danielle Leavitt, Abby Baker, Matt Nelson, and Henry Sappey.
At the Princeton Invitational on October 15, senior Molly McKeon led the women’s team to an eighth place result, while sophomore Kyle Mueller led the men’s team to a 14th place finish. The duo notched the second-fastest times in Monmouth history at West Windsor Fields. In a final tune-up before the MAAC Championship, Cupp led the women’s team at Central Connecticut State, finishing eighth overall in the 3k field of 127 runners, pacing the women to a fourth place finish out of 17 Division 1 teams. Mueller once again led the men’s team, as he finished sixth overall out of 117 runners in the 5k. The men finished seventh overall out of 17 teams.
In addition to the ESPN3 broadcast on Saturday morning, follow along on Twitter @MonmouthUTFXC. A full championship information page can be found here.