VAN CORTLAND PARK, N.Y. The Quinnipiac University men's and women's cross country teams both posted second-place finishes at the Fordham Invitational Saturday morning. The men's team finished second in a field of 16 schools with 96 points, one point ahead of third-place Williams College. The women's team finished with 79 points for a second-place finish in a field of 20 teams. The Naval Academy's men's and women's teams both finished the meet in first.
Senior Chelsea Bollerman (Little Silver, N.J.) was the Bobcats' top runner on the women's side Saturday morning with a time of 18:52.9, good for third-overall. Rutgers' Cheyenne Ogletree crossed the line first and Navy's Amy Watson came in second.
Quinnipiac had four women in the top 30 after Bollerman. The Bobcats' next finisher was freshman Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) in 12th place with a time of 19:32.2. Lindsey Pierret (Morristown, N.J.) crossed the line with a time of 19:46.9, good for 18th overall. Freshmen Katie Beam (South Windsor, Conn.) and Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out the Bobcats in the top 30 runners with 20th and 29th place finishes.
Freshman Richard Klauber (Thomaston, Conn.) was the men's top finisher at Fordham with a time of 27:15.9 and a 13th overall finish. Following Klauber was Dan Roark (Dracut, Mass.) in 14th with a time of 27:21.3. Sophomore John Greenlaw (Hampstead, N.H.) crossed the line in 24th place in a time of 27:57.2, while senior captain Jack McDonald (Cheshire, Conn.) followed in 25th with a time of 28:02.2.
The men's second-place finish came against some of the best teams in the country. Navy finished first with 29 points, while Quinnipiac's 96 points put the Bobcats in second and were better than the scores from schools like Williams College, DePaul and the University of Pittsburgh. Edgar Kosgey of Williams College was the men's top overall finisher.
"Both teams had three freshmen in the team's top five today," said women's Head Coach Shawn Green. "That is a great debut for those young runners. Today was a solid start to our seasons against very good competition."
The men's and women's cross country teams next compete at the Monmouth Invitational at Holmdel Park, N.J. on Friday, September 19. The men's race begins at 4:15 p.m., while the women start at 5:00 p.m.