Cross Country Cleans Up at A-10s

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The men’s team finished in seventh at A-10s, while the women finished sixth.

By Emmanuel Berbari

The men’s team finished in seventh at A-10s, while the women finished sixth. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

Fordham cross country added to its list of remarkable feats in 2017, as multiple individuals shined at last weekend’s Atlantic 10 Championships at Oatlands Plantation.

Senior Thomas Slattery, who has already set numerous school marks, capped off his tremendous season by receiving All-Conference honors for a third consecutive year. Crossing in a stellar second-place time of 25:17.3, Slattery earned the best A-10 Championship finish in school history.

“I went I into this season with a different training methodology of higher volume,” said Slattery. “That really shaped my confidence for the championship season.”

Sophomore Ryan Kutch (25:31.8) impressed to the tune of All-Conference honors as well, finishing 14 seconds after Slattery. Despite his youth, this was not unfamiliar territory by any means. Kutch, who could become the focal point on the men’s side for the next two years, received Most Outstanding Rookie Performer and First-Team All A-10 honors at least year’s A-10s.

“I knew with the support from the coaches, captains and my teammates, it was definitely within reach,” said Kutch. “Without the hard work my teammates put it every day, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Overall, the men finished in seventh place out of 14 teams with 189 points. Dayton, combining for an outstanding 66-point score, took home the team hardware.
“I’m especially proud of the focus our team has beginning to place on the distance events,” said Slattery. “Fordham has traditionally proved itself as a mid-distance program. Currently, however, we’ve actually had a great deal of success in the distance events over three seasons and I think that trend will continue.”

On the women’s side, junior Angelina Grebe led the way, finishing in 24th-place in 18:35.4. Sophomores Katarzyna Krzyzanowski (31st in 18:53.4) and Sydney Snow (46th in 19:09.7) also paced their way to top-50 finishes.

As a team, the Rams tied for sixth out of 14 schools in attendance. The 200-point overall mark generated the highest finish for the women in over two decades.
The Dayton Flyers also snagged the women’s title, showcasing their talents with a prodigious 42 points. With that said, Fordham had nothing to frown about, stacking up respectably with a young group of talent leading the way. Seven of the Rams’ top nine finishers will return in 2018.

Next up for Fordham is the NCAA Northeast Regionals on Friday, Nov. 10 at the University at Buffalo. Races will begin at 10 a.m., as both cross country squads will look for continued success.