NEWARK, Del. - - The Wilmington University men's cross country team won its third meet of the season, as the Wildcats competed at the UD Blue & Gold at the White Clay Creek State Park on Saturday morning.
The men won the event with 30 points, beating out a field of six teams, including the Atlantic Region's No. 6 East Stroudsburg. The women finished fifth overall in the 6K event with 155 points, in a field of nine teams.
The Wildcats, ranked eighth in the latest East Region Poll created by the USTFCCCA, beat out the Warriors by three points who finished second with 33 points. Not only did the team win, but senior Mark Corrigan earned medalist honors by winning the event by 35 seconds.
Corrigan crossed the line in 27:02, 35 seconds ahead of Casey Ellis from East Stroudsburg. Today's time was also 18 seconds faster than his time last year at the same event.
Freshman Garrett Checchi finished fourth overall for the Wildcats, running his second fastest time of the season with a 27:44 finish. Junior James Kennedy finished sixth in the 8K event, running in his second fastest time of the season as well with a time of 27:54. Sophomore Johnelle Joe finished eighth overall for the Wildcats, running in 28:30 for the fourth countable score. Freshman Brandon Cruz secured the win for the Wildcats with an 11th place finish, crossing the line in 28:30.
Senior Miguel Suero was hot on the heels of Cruz in 12th place, finishing right behind the freshman in 28:31, 37 seconds faster than his time at the UD Blue & Gold as a junior. SeanScandle finished 24th overall for the Wildcats, crossing the line in 30:01 while Andrew Milham placed 36th with a time of 31:47. Dan Leek came in 41st overall with a time of 32:48 while Jayven Davis rounded out the Wildcats on the course with a 64th place finish with a time of 39:12.
Sophomore Alexa Crowell led the women on 6K course, finishing 17th overall for 16 points with a time of 25:41.01, nearly two minutes faster than her time at the same event last season. Graduate Student Gabrielle Brown placed 21st in the field of 85 for 19 points with a time of 26:02.73 while freshman Rosemary Gillam finished 31st overall for 29 points with a time of 26:40.81. Freshman Hannah Fitzpatrick gave the Wildcats 45 points with a 63rd place finish, crossing the line at 30:25.41 while junior Emily Kockott rounded out the team scoring with a 64th place finish for 46 points, on the heels of Fitzpatrick with a time of 30:26.74.
The University of Delaware won the women's even with a perfect score of 15, having the top seven finishers. East Stroudsburg finished second overall with 60 points while by Millersville in third with 110 points.
Delaware's Jeanette Bendolph won the women's even with a time of 23:31.99.
The Wildcats have one more tune-up before the postseason begins, as they head to Dream Park in Logan Township, New Jersey to run in the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan University next Saturday. The women run at 12:30 p.m. followed by the men at 1:15 p.m.