By Brianna Robbins – Sports Editor
When it comes to a challenge, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams know how to come together and overcome obstacles. Both teams started the season with new coach, Nicholas Noheimer. Both teams’ rosters are under 10, the men’s team has nine runners and the women’s has five.
“It’s tough having so few runners on the line each week. We need a minimum of five to make a NCAA team,” said senior captain Tyler Schwabe. “There’s always that thought in the back of your mind that if a few guys get hurt we won’t place as a team.”
Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team finished fifth overall in the GNAC Championship for the third consecutive year. Freshman Nicholas Garifalos led the team in races this year by earning the top 10 spot in their first two races. The team will lose two runners, Schwabe and captain Kyle Northop.
Women’s Cross Country
The women’s cross country team finished 9th overall in the GNAC Championship. Junior Jamie Russo finished first for the team in all of the races. She recorded a new best time for her 5k in the opening invitational at Southern Maine, with a time of 21:32. The team will be graduating one senior, captain Emily Kochanek.
Schwabe’s words to the team before leaving the program, “Best advice I can give would be to push yourself to the point of collapse and then keep pushing. Always trust in yourself and believe in your training, because in the end it is all worth it.”