Morra, Moore Pace XC at PL Championships
HAMILTON, N.Y. – Top-50 finishes from Andrew Morra and Kelvin Serem helped Lafayette’s men’s cross country team move up a spot to eighth at this year’s Patriot League Championships. The women, meanwhile, repeated last year’s ninth-place showing, with a personal-best time from Emily Moore leading the way for the Leopards.
The men ended Saturday morning’s 8K race with a team score of 250 points, 15 back of Holy Cross in seventh place and seven ahead of ninth-place Colgate. Navy dominated the field, with its top four runners finishing one through four within two seconds of each other for the Mids’ seventh title in eight seasons. Their team score of 19 was the lowest since American matched that total in 2004.
Morra topped Lafayette’s group of runners for the first time this season. He crossed the line in 26:15.0, finishing 44th out of 98 runners in the field. Serem was close behind with a time 26:19.8 which placed him 49th. Matt Weintraub (71st – 27:07.8), Thomas Day (76th – 27:28.3) and David Sadvary (77th – 27:28.6) were the other scoring runners for the Maroon and White.
Navy’s Lucas Stalnaker (25:00.2) edged out teammate Stephen Schroeder (25:00.5) for first place. Boston U’s Alexander Seal (eighth – 25:20.4) was named Rookie of the Year.
Moore’s time of 23:13.8 ranked her 43rd out of 109 runners in the women’s 6K race, and it was 17 seconds faster than her previous top time of 23:30 that she ran at the Paul Short Run on Oct. 2. Stephanie Benko was next up for the Leopards, as she finished 54th in 23:31.2.
Lafayette posted an overall team score of 243 points, eight ahead of host Colgate in 10th. Mikayla Pacilio (61st – 23:41.1), Caroline Harmon (62nd – 23:42.5) and Morgan Nobles (66th – 23:49.8) completed the top five for the Maroon and White. Nobles easily topped her previous 6K PR of 24:26.6.
Bucknell claimed its first women’s title since 2009, with the Bison placing three runners in the top four. Navy’s Kelley Robinson (21:14.0) took first place, finishing over nine seconds ahead of second-place Catherine Scott from Bucknell. Mids freshman Erin McDonnell (seventh – 21:52.0) earned Rookie of the Year recognition.
The Leopards return to action on Nov. 13, when select runners will head to Princeton for the NCAA Mideast Regional meet.