Both Men's, Women's Cross Country Finish Fifth at A-10 Championship Meet
Oct. 30, 2004
PITTSBURGH - Led by freshman Christina Derosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) and junior Ryan Corbett (East Longmeadow, Mass.), the UMass men's and women's cross country teams each placed fifth on Saturday at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship meet hosted by Duquesne University at Schenley Park.
Both the La Salle men's and women's teams won their respective championships. For the Explorer men, it was their fourth consecutive title, while the women clinched their third-ever championship.
Derosa led UMass with her time of 18 minutes and 35 seconds. The freshman has led UMass in every meet this season.
Joining Derosa in the top-five were senior Alexis Anzelone (Westfield, N.J.) who finished 23rd, senior Amanda Dahlberg (Gardner, Mass.) who finished 35th, sophomore Cuisle Kierans (Newbury, Mass.) who finished 36th, and sophomore Erin O'Donnell (Reading, Mass.) who finished 55th on the day.
In the men's race, Corbett ran a time of 26 minutes, 47 seconds en route to his 16th-place finish.
Rounding out the Minuteman top-five were senior Andrew McCarron (Lunenburg, Mass.) who finished 24th, junior Paul Noone (Worcester, Mass.) who finished 30th, freshman Ryan Durkin (Andover, Mass.) who finished 37th, and freshman Matt Klypka (Oakland, N.J.) who finished 39th in the race.
Sophomore Rachel Papin (Philadelphia, PA) posted a time of 17:48, one of four La Salle runners to finish in the top 10 overall, as the Explorers clinched their third-ever team title.
Seven of La Salle's men's runners finished in the top 10 overall for the Explorers.
Papin, who recorded the eighth-fastest time in the 16-year history of the Atlantic 10 Women's Championship, is the second La Salle runner to win the A-10 individual title, joining two-time winner Sheila Klick (2002-03).
Christa Plummer (Palisades, PA) was named the league's Most Outstanding Rookie as the top freshman finisher. The Explorers join Massachusetts (1998) as the only teams to have the top overall and rookie finisher at the A-10 Championship.
The Explorers finished with 35 points, followed by 2003 champion Richmond with 61, Rhode Island (89), Duquesne (125), Massachusetts (161), Saint Joseph's (168), Xavier (172), George Washington (186), Dayton (212), Fordham (250) and St. Bonaventure (351). The All-Conference team consisted of Papin, Darcy, Plummer and Geiger of La Salle; Amanda Russell (North Bay, ONT), Kate Merrill (Durham, NC) and Nicole Kurtain (Hamilton, NJ) of Richmond, Westerling and Cindy Smith (Miller Place, NY) of Rhode Island); and Amy Ruffolo (Wexford, PA) of Duquesne.
Sophomore John Butler (Mechaniscburg, PA) finished second overall in a time of 25:37, one of a Championship-record seven La Salle competitors to place in the top 10 overall, as the Explorers joined Penn State (1986-90) as the only teams to win the A-10 title four straight years. Richmond sophomore John Ciccarelli (Southbury, CT) recorded a time of 25:30 to become the first runner in program history to win the individual title.
La Salle sophomore Sean Quigley (Braintree, MA) finished third in a time of 25:40, followed by teammates Dan McGrath (fifth - Lynchbrook, NY), Ryan Fennelly (sixth - Pottstown, PA), Timothy Carroll (eighth - Flourtown, PA), Andrew Vernon (ninth - Westmont, NJ) and Joseph Dare (10th - Souderton, PA). They are joined on the All-Conference team by Ciccarelli, Duquesne senior Ryan Bender (Indiana, PA), a four-time All-A-10 selection, and s junior Joe Mohn (Danbury, CT) of Saint Joseph's.
La Salle finished with 24 points in the 27th running of the men's A-10 Championship, 33 ahead of runner-up Duquesne, which notched its highest-ever finish. Xavier (106) recorded its best-ever finish with a third-place showing, followed by Richmond (143), Massachusetts (146), Fordham (159), Dayton (176), Saint Joseph's (193), Rhode Island (219), George Washington (259) and St. Bonaventure (354).
La Salle head coach Charles Torpey was named the men and women's Coach of the Year.