Lyons compete against three divisions at All New England Championship

Lyons compete against three divisions at All New England Championship

BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's cross country teams competed against NCAA Division I, II and III schools during Saturday's All New England Championship at Franklin Park.

The men placed 44th out of 47 teams with 1,396 points, which topped three Division II squads, while the women took 47th with 1,464 points.  Dartmouth College nipped Boston University on the men's side, while Boston College ran away with the women's title.

Senior Colin Fahey (Waltham, Mass./Weston) was the first Lyon to cross the 8,000-meter course finish line in 27:17, while sophomore Michael Richard (Chicopee, Mass./Holyoke Catholic) came in second. 

Four other Lyons were within nine placements of one another, led by junior Sean Astle (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe).  He was followed by sophomore Karl Mader (Northfield, Minn./Northfield), freshman Nick Emard (Griswold, Conn./Griswold) and senior Natan Levy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest School), respectively.

For the women, juniors Savannah Geasey (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) and Rachel Scavera (North Bend, Ore./North Bend) led the way, as Scavera finished 11 spots ahead of Geasey.  Sophomore Elizabeth Urena (Maywood, Calif./Bell) and freshman Shoshana Kruskal (Newton, Mass./Newton North) were the next two Lyons to complete the 5,000-meter course.

Senior Christina Nelson (Cranston, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) and freshmen Lauren Andres (Branford, Conn./Branford) and Rose Harris (Worcester, Mass./Doherty) rounded out the women's field.

The Wheaton teams will be back in Franklin Park on Friday afternoon for Emmanuel College's Saints Invitational.