Center Valley, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's cross country team put together an eighth-place finish Saturday morning at the 33rd Annual DeSales University Invitational. This morning's race featured 164 runners representing 17 teams.
Twelve NCAA Division III institutions competed today, including regionally-ranked The College of New Jersey who won both the individual and team titles. The Lions claimed four of the Top 5 spots as senior Roberto Guiducci bested the entire field with a time of 26:41.20. St. Mary's tallied 233 points to notch the eighth-place finish ahead of Rowan College of Gloucester County by 86 points.
Senior team captain Aidan Hennessey (Washington, D.C./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) was the top finisher for the Seahawks on 8K course. Hennessey posted a time of 28:32.81 in finishing 38th at the race. Junior Eric Ortiz (Rockville, Md./Magruder) came in 49th place with a time of 29:07.31 to be St. Mary's second finisher.
For the second time this season, senior captain Greg Mainolfi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored points for the Seahawks as Mainolfi was the team's third finisher. He picked up a 69th-place finish with a time of 30:03.38. Sophomore T.J. McPhaul (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) was fourth for St. Mary's, placing 70th just 17-hundredths of a second behind Mainolfi (30:03.55).
Sophomore Scott Zimmerman (Clarksville, Md./Atholton) once again rounded out the scoring for the Seahawks as Zimmerman staked a 78th-place finish in 30:29.64.
St. Mary's will be back in action next Saturday, October 17 at the Hood College Invitational. The race will be held at Utica Park in Frederick, Md.
Team Standings: 1. TCNJ, 21; 2. DeSales, 83; 3. Kutztown, 86; 4. Molloy, 119; 5. Stockton, 140; 6. Alfred State, 149; 7. Wilkes, 206; 8. St. Mary's (Md.), 233; 9. RC-Gloucester, 319; 10. Arcadia, 329; 11. FDU-Florham, 363; 12. Lycoming, 369; 13. Gwynedd-Mercy, 372; 14. Cumberland CC, 404; 15. Drew, 410; 16. Delaware Valley, 434; 17. Penn State Lehigh Valley, 436.
Seahawk Finishers (164 runners): 38. Aidan Hennessey; 49. Eric Ortiz; 69. Greg Mainolfi; 70. T.J. McPhaul; 78. Scott Zimmerman; 79. James Judlick, 30:32.00; 83. Raphael Feleke, 30:47.93; 92. Adam Scrivener, 31:20.94; 94. Max Beker, 31:25.55; 104. Fergus Hall, 32:15.48; 105. Aman Afsah, 32:17.90; 109. Zack Walker, 32:33.55; 112. Sam Coomes, 32:40.80; 119. Patrick O'Leary, 33:38.58; 121. Randy Larsen, 33:40.12.
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