BOSTON, MA- The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams notched a pair of top-four finishes during Friday's fifth annual Saints Invitational in Franklin Park. In a meet hosted by Emmanuel College, the Lyon women took second among 19 competing teams and the men placed fourth in a 17-squad field.
The Wheaton women and their 98 points were runner up to two-time defending New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which had 15 points. The men tallied 148 points in a race won by 11-time defending NEWMAC champion MIT, which finished with 20.
Sophomore Rachel Scavera (North Bend, OR/North Bend) crossed the finish line in ninth place, covering the 5K course in 20:19, while senior Katie Pratt (Litchfield, CT/Litchfield) was 15th in 20:41.
The next three Lyons came within six placements of one another, with sophomore Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, RI/Portsmouth) taking 23rd, junior Christina Nelson (Cranston, RI/Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) finishing 27th and sophomore Taylor Wills (Kinderhook, NY/Ichabod Crane) placing 29th.
Junior Nick Kacher (Waltham, MA/Waltham) was the men's top finisher, as he posted a time of 27:14 on the 8K course to take 15th, while classmate Colin Fahey (Waltham, MA/Weston) notched a 23rd-place time of 27:39.
The Wheaton teams next turn their attention to their conference championship meets, which take place on Saturday, October 31, at Franklin Park. The men begin their race at 11:00 a.m., while the women are slated to start at 12:00 p.m.