Gettysburg, Pa. (October 13, 2018)--Five runners placed in the top 20 to propel the Mount St. Mary's men's cross country team to first place at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday. The Mountaineer women's cross country team finished in fifth place at the meet.
Individually, Nicolas Fransham finished second overall and first among collegiate competitors in the field with a time of 25:54.9. Fransham finished six seconds behind Kyle Wagener of the Pacers/GRC New Balance Track Club. Will Merritt finished fourth overall with a time of 26:12.5 while Benjamin Finnigan was sixth with a time of 26:23.0. Isaac Kole gave the Mount four runners in the top 11 with a time of 26:28.9 while Kevin Dorsey rounded out the Mount's strong performance finishing 21st overall with a time of 26:48.5.
The Mount finished in first place among the 28 teams with 41 points with Northeast Conference rival Saint Francis U finishing second with 59 points. Shippensburg (78), Pacers/GRC (101), Juniata (193) and Bucknell (244) rounded out the top six teams at the meet.
Erin Jaskot had her best performance of the season to pace the Mountaineer women's team. Jaskot finished in third place among the field of 318 runners with a time of 22:55.0. Maddie Kole was eighth with a time of 23:19.5 while Clarke Hooper was 26th with a time of 24:00.1. Ashleigh Kocher was the Mount's next runner, finishing 32nd with a time of 24:09.4 while Destiny Boone rounded out the Mount's top five, finishing 74th with a mark of 25:16.8.
Cedarville won the women's meet with 42 points, followed by Saint Francis U (57), Shippensburg (84), Bucknell (98) and the Mount (125). The field consisted of 30 teams.
The Mount is back in action next week at the Lebanon Valley Last Chance Run Fast Invitational.