Philly College Recaps at Lehigh
The Villanova Wildcats placed five runners in the top-13 finishers to win the Mid-Atlantic Championship at Lehigh. The Wildcats also clinched a berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships next week in Terre Haute, IN. It was the first regional title for the Wildcats since 2014, and marked the second consecutive year to earn a team berth.
Villanova won with 37 points, their lowest total since posting 34 in 2013. Josh Phillips placed third in the race covering the distance in 30:02. He was followed by teammate Haftu Strintzos (30:02.9). Nathan Rodriguez was 7th with a time of 30:10.6. Andrew Marston finished 10th (30:15.7) and Casey Comber was 13th hitting the tape in 30:31.9. These were the same runners who scored in the Big East title race. Also running for Nova was Charlie O’Donovan (38th place 31:12.3) and Rob Morro (32:21.3)
Georgetown was second with 67 points while Princeton placed third scoring 82 points. Camren Fischer of Princeton was the individual champion posting a time of 29:58.8. Jake Brophy of Navy was the third place finisher.
The Owls had their best regional performance with a 4th place finish. Four runners wearing the Cherry and White finished in the Top-25 in the race.
Kristian Jensen had the best time for Temple placing 14th with a time of 30:37.10. Harry Powell was 17th (30:48.8) with Zach Seiger (19th 30:44.7), Kevin Lapansky (22nd 30:46.1) and Anton Harrsen (28th place 30:58.7) following just behind
The University of Pennsylvania finished 5th overall, and Anthony Russo qualified for the national meet getting one of four at-large bids posting a time of 30:13.2, finishing 9th overall. The team scored 148 points. Will Daly was 24th with a time of 30:49.5. Daniel Cohen was 22nd (31:02.8), followed by Amex Roth (35th 31:11.9) and Andrew Hally who ran a 31:36.5.
The Explorers took 9th place with 260 points at the regional. Luke Jaciw-Zurakowsky was the best finisher for La Salle running the distance in 30:58. Ibrahim Kedir placed 40th overall in 31:22.4. Anthony Hawthorne was 45th (31:27.9), He was followed by Ryan James (60th 31:58.1) and Alex Sanders (89th)32:25.8).
The Hawks were in 11th place at the end of the meet getting 317 points. SJU was 44 points out of a top-ten finish. Zach Michon was the best finisher for Saint Joe’s as he placed 39th with a time of 31:14.5. It was the collegiate-best time for Michon. Matthew Scarpill also scored as he came in the 49th position running the distance in 31:38.3.
Also placing for the Hawks were; George Steinhoff (67th 32:07.2) and Colin Kane (71st 32:11.1). Bobbie Hastie (93rd 32:30.8), Colin Gallagher (133rd 33:29.3), and Josh Clark (140th 33:36.5) also ran for Saint Joe’s.
Written By: Glenn Papazian