Copyright 2015; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. File photo by Frank Stallworth.
NEWARK, Del. - - Running in their home stat for the second week in a run, the Wilmington University cross country teams took to White Clay Creek State Park on Saturday morning, as the men finished fourth and the women eighth in the University of Delaware Invite.
The men were led by junior Ken Fontal and senior Kevin McLaughlin who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while the women were paced by senior Bailey Brooks who finished in 52nd overall.
Fontal and McLaughlin were the first two finishers outside of the TCNJ team, as the Division III power swept the top five positions. Fontal finished the 8K event in 27:15.04 while McLaughlin was right behind in 27:21.11.
Freshman Johnathan Avila was the third Wildcat finisher, earning 28 points while coming in 36th overall in a time of 28:55.06. Classmate Miguel Suero palced 42nd overall while earning 32 points in finishing in 29:12.04. Freshman Ryan Wilson was the final Wildcat scorer on Saturday, crossing the line in 47th overall to earn 35 points in a time of 20:24.43.
Sophomore Andrew Milham (51st – 29:39.34), senior Quinn Marvel (62nd – 30:20.14), freshman Manuel Suero (64th – 30:24.41), freshman Demetrius Patterson (65th – 30:26.00), junior Logan Brady (74th – 30:50.50), and Amani McMullen-Woolfolk (102nd – 36:41.20) also ran in the UD Invite for the Wildcats.
TCNJ won the men's event with 15 points while Rowan finished second with 63 points. Seton Hall was third with 77 points followed by the Wildcats with 108 points.
On the women's side, Brooks led the Wildcats with a 52nd place finish, earning 40 points with a time 27:42.75 in the 6K event. Junior Rachel Jones was the second Wildcat to cross the line, giving the team 45 points with a 59th place finish in 27:59.17.
Freshman Tori Vickers finished 69th overall to give the team 53 points, finishing the event in 28:28.02. junior newcomer Christina Czajkowski finished 76th overall in 29:05.35, giving the team 58 points. The final point-getter for the Wildcats was senior Morgan Ferrick with a 105th place finish, giving the team 73 points with a time of 30:51.74.
Tara Langan (120th – 32:34.38) and Cynthia Biron (122th – 33:05.41) also ran for the Wildcats in the UD Invite.
TCNJ also won the women's meet, earning 26 points to defeat host Delaware by eight points. Delaware earned 34 points with the individual winner while Rowan finished third with 100 points.
The Wildcats have an off weekend before returning to the course on Saturday, September 26. The Wildcats head to the University of Virginia for the Panorama Farms Invitational. The first gun is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.