BOSTON MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams were in action on Saturday in Franklin Park, taking part in the All New England Championship, which drew teams from across Division I, II and III.
The Lyon women took 44th out of 49 squads with 1,305 points, finishing one spot behind Division II Saint Michael's College and ahead of Division II Assumption College. On the men's side, Wheaton was 45th among 47 with 1,432 points, taking a higher placement than Division II Southern New Hampshire University. The University of Massachusetts at Lowell men won their competition with 93 points, while the Brown University women captured a victory with 130.
Senior Katie Pratt (Litchfield, CT/Litchfield) paced Wheaton for the fourth time in as many meets this fall, clocking in at 20:55, just one second shy of a runner from Division I University of Hartford and one second ahead of a Southern New Hampshire harrier. Sophomore Rachel Scavera (North Bend, OR/North Bend) was six seconds back, and classmate Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth) was the third Lyon finisher.
Wheaton's men were led by junior Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston), whose time of 28:35 matched that of a counterpart from Division II Saint Anselm College. Freshmen Michael Richard (Chicopee, MA/Holyoke Catholic) and Karl Mader (Northfield, MN/Northfield) were the second and third Lyons, respectively, to cross the finish line.
The Blue and White's squads return to Franklin Park for each of their next two events, beginning on Friday for Emmanuel College's Saints Invitational.