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XC | Gaels Take Down Top Competition At Joe Piane Invite

Sept. 30, 2017

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Saint Mary's men's and women's cross country teams both had strong individual and team showings Friday in their biggest, most competitive meet of the year so far, competing at the Joe Piane Invitational at the University of Notre Dame.

MEN

The Saint Mary's men finished third running the five-mile race in a deep field of 20 teams that included six regionally ranked squads. The Gaels downed regionally ranked teams Indiana State, Marshall, Tulane and UTEP.

Raymond Boffman (4th, 24 minutes, 45.2 seconds) and Noah McDermott (7th, 24:50.5) gave the Gaels two finishers in the top-10 of a field that was full of over 160 runners from all over the country.

Sophomore Moses Bojorquez impressed with a 23rd-place finish in 25:23.0 to give SMC three in the top-25. Fellow second-year runner Nolan Dozier turned in a time of 25:40.0, good for 42nd place and four Gaels in the top-50.

WOMEN

Abby Bolt led the Saint Mary's women with a 27th-place finish in 17:58.7 over the 5-kilometer course. The Gaels finished 20th as a team, beating five other Midwest programs including DePaul, Marshall, Valparaiso, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Texas-San Antonio.

Neylene Leon was SMC's second runner for the third straight meet, finishing 85th in 18:46.4. Abigayle Mitchell also followed form from the first two meets, grabbing the Gaels' third spot with a 121st-place finish in 19:07.9.

Katie Watson (166th, 19:56.4), Danielle Destefano (171st, 20:03.4) and Grace DeLeon (172nd, 20:03.4) all packed well, finishing within seven seconds and six places of each other.

COACH KINSEY QUOTES

"This is definitely one of the top student-athlete experiences we've had coming up and competing at Notre Dame.

"Everyone competed very well and it was definitely the best race of the year for both teams. Across the board we also have learned a lot and will use this experience to compete even better for the next half of the season."

 

 

"I'm really proud of our teams and looking forward to the next two weeks of training before we compete at Bronco (Invitational)."

COMING UP

The Gaels take a week off before competing at their last regular season meet before championship season. The annual Bronco Invitational hosted by Santa Clara at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, Calif., is set for Oct. 14.

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