STANDISH, Maine – With Kyle Oppenheimer and Chris Conlon leading the Emerson Men's Cross Country Team and Ali Dokus and Jenna Castro leading the Women's Team; the Lion harriers saw the Men's Team take home the Runnin' Monks Invitational title while the Women's Team collected third place Saturday afternoon in Standish, Maine.
First up saw the Women's Team take to the trails where Ali Dokus tore up the course, finishing in 21:32, second only to Heather Eaton of host St. Joseph's of Maine. The Lions also pulled up Jenna Castro in the top 10 finishers as well as she took eighth with a 22:54 finish.
Rounding out the Emerson finishers on the day were Alison Destefano in 18th place (24:19), Tara Butler in 22nd place (24:32), Lauren Gallagher in 24th place (24:33), Lauren Cortizo in 26th place (24:51) and Danielle Lavieri in 31st (25:46). With the effort the Lions took home third place on the day behind St. Joseph's of Maine and U Maine Farmington.
Next up saw the Men's Team hit the course, which saw EC absolutely crush the course with two Lions pulling in for top ten finishes. Up first for Emerson was Kyle Oppenheimer taking ninth in 30:42 with teammate Chris Conlon finishing one two seconds later in 10th in 30:44.
The Lions weren't done there though as two more pulled in with Kevin Dempsey taking 15th place in 31:38 with Nik Rodewald taking 16th a mere three seconds later. Finishing the top finishers for Emerson were Brendan Stackhouse in 21st place (32:32), Ryan Barnada in 24th place (32:40) and Matt Berg in 26th place (32:48). Overall on the day, the Men's Team posted a score of 71, besting the second place finisher by eight points as they took home their second championship of the season.
The Lions will return to training as they gear up for the GNAC Championship later this month when they travel to Rivier on October 27th.