PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - - A pair of freshmen paced the Wilmington University cross country teams on Sunday at the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship, hosted by Jefferson on Belmont Plateau in Fairmont Park.
Yailynn Ramirez (North East, Md.) placed second on the women's side, earning All-CACC and CACC Rookie of the Year in the 5K race. Matt Gonzalez (East Brunswick, N.J.) finished third in the 8K race, earning All-CACC while leading his team to a third place finish with 80 total points.
Yailynn Ramirez came out of the woods on Belmont Plateau leading the race, but Felician's Briseidy Balderas took over the race in the final half mile, racing to the CACC Runner of the Year finish. Ramirez finished the 5K race in 20:24.4 while Balderas won the event in 20:14.0.
Jefferson won the Women's Championship with 40 points while Felician finished second overall with 60 points.
Matt Gonzalez also led the men's race while exiting the woods on each lap, but was overtaken at the top of the hill. His kick was still strong enough to finish third in his first CACC Championship race, crossing the line in 27:35.5 to lead the Wildcats.
Georgian Court's Xavier Seals came from the back of the lead pack win the meet, earning CACC Runner and Rookie of the Year honors with a time of 27:26.7. Jefferson's Owen Bradley finished second overall with a time of 27:28.0.
After Gonzalez' third place finish, the Wildcats scored with Dan Wyshinski's sixth place finish in 28:10.3 and Michael Dowd's ninth place finish in 28:35.5. It is the third straight CACC Championship (2018 and 2019) that the Wildcats had three Wildcats finish inside the Top 10. Matt Gonzalez, Dan Wyshinski, and Michael Dowd were named All-CACC for finishing in the Top 15.
Logan Strouse finished 17th overall to give the team 16 points with a time of 29:08.0 while Jared Cushlanis completed the team score with a 50th place finish for 46 points, crossing the line with a time of 32:39.0.
Jefferson won the CACC Championship with 42 points while Georgian Court finished second overall with 63 points. The Wildcats finished third with 80 points while Goldey-Beacom finished in fourth with 110 points.
The Wildcats will now compete in the NCAA East Regional Championship, set for Saturday, November 6 on the Matt St. James Trails on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan in Rochester, New York.