Men's Cross Country

Men's and Women's Cross Country Gear Up for Albany Invitational

Andrew McCann

Andrew McCann

Oct. 11, 2007

Amherst, Mass. - The men's and women's cross country teams will head to Albany, N.Y. this Saturday to compete in the Albany Invitational. Both teams are coming off solid performances last weekend at the New England Championships where the men's team placed third overall out of 43 teams, while the women place 26th of 44. There will be almost 30 teams competing in Albany this weekend where both UMass teams will look to improve on their performances last year.

The men's team is coming off of their best finish at the New England Championships since 1993 after placing third last weekend in Boston, and look to remain near the top as they head to Albany. Sophomore Andrew McCann (Fayetteville, N.Y.) led the way for UMass last weekend and has been a top finisher for the Minutemen in most of his races so far this season.

Freshman Kris Carle (Jackson, N.J.) was the third Minuteman to cross the finish line last weekend as he finished the course in 25 minutes and 50 seconds, placing 22nd. This performance earned him Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Honors this week. Carle, along with teammate Daniel Barry (Sheffield, Mass.), who has also been a frequent top five finisher for UMass this season, will look to lead the way for UMass in Albany.

The Minutewomen will also being heading out to Albany this weekend, where they placed ninth last year out of more than 20 teams. Senior leader Christina Derosa (Sound Beach, N.Y.) placed fourth overall among 290 runners in Boston last weekend. She finished the 5k race in just 17 minutes and 58 seconds. This performance earner her Performer of the Week honors from the Atlantic 10.

With DeRosa, UMass will look for Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Lauren Stocker (Westfield, Mass.) to step again in Albany as she did in Boston last weekend. Stocker placed 61st last weekend, finishing the race in 19 minutes and 31 seconds. Stocker has finished in the top five for UMass in every race this season and the Minutewomen will look to her and classmate Kristin Darling (Miller Place, N.Y.), who has been a solid top performer in her last two races, to keep with DeRosa and lead the way to the finish line.



Both teams will be looking to top their performances from last weekend this Saturday in Albany. The women's race will begin at 11:15 am while the men's race is set to begin at 12:15 pm.


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