NEWBURGH, NY – The Western Connecticut State University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Mount St. Mary Invitational on Saturday. The men captured the ninth slot out of 30 teams, while the women placed 14th out of 31 squads. Both finishes marked the highest place finishes in WestConn school history.
"Both teams have been working really hard in practice. They are pushing each other daily and all their hard work is staying to pay off," stated Colonial head coach Ed Lucas following the meet.
On the men's side, both rookies Auguste Smith (Bethel, CT) and Eric Rohm (Yorktown, NY) finished in the top 30 for the 8K event. Smith crossed the line in 29:32.3, good for 26th place, while Rohm clocked a time of 29:41.5. This was the first time two WestConn runners placed within the top 30.
For the women, their total finish time was one hour faster than their 2018 time for the 6K. Junior Tessa Lee (Seymour, CT) led the way for the Colonials with a time of 29:28.10.
WestConn returns to action Saturday at the Westfield State Invitational.