Women take fifth, men seventh at Keene State Invitational

KEENE, N.H. - Returning to competition for the first time in two weeks, the Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams resumed their season at the Keene State College Invitational on Saturday. 

Running in a nine-school field, the Lyon women took fifth with 152 points and the men seventh with 193.  Division I Dartmouth College won both team championships.

Junior Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) and freshman Hillary Wilson (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) were six seconds and two placements apart as the first two Lyons to cross the finish line, navigating the 5,000-meter course in 21:23 and 21:29, respectively.  Geasey came in 25th and Wilson was 27th.

Junior Rachel Scavera (North Bend, Ore./North Bend) notched a 33rd-place finish, while sophomore Elizabeth Urena (Maywood, Calif./Bell) took 40th.

Senior Colin Fahey (Waltham, Mass./Weston) led the men by coming in 25th, covering the 8,000-meter course in 27:36.  Sophomore Karl Mader (Northfield, Minn./Northfield) and freshman Nick Emard (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) were seven seconds and two placements apart in finishing 57th and 59th, respectively.

Wheaton competes closer to home next Saturday during the All New England Championship at Boston's Franklin Park.

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