PURCHASE, N.Y. A sunny day helped to dry the trail for the fourth running of the Purchase College Cross Country Invitational, which drew a record number of competitors Saturday with 11 teams running the course.
Hunter Colleges Elizabeth Mahoney (24:47.34) and Dowlings Scott Litts (29:16.1) won the respective individual men's and womens races. The United States Merchant Marine Academy won the men's team race followed by Dowling and Hunter colleges. USMMAs David McGowan finished second (30:09.9) overall. Hunters Jose Miranda (30:21.8), Dowlings Rickey Gallegos (30:36.8) and Purchases Jake Agosto (Jr./Bayshore, N.Y.) (30:40.2) rounded out the top five.
Purchase finished fourth on the womens side and sixth overall on the mens side, registering its first men's team score of the fall after not competing with enough runners at the Vassar Invitational.
Fresh off her Skyline Conference Honor Roll, standout newcomer Laurel Squadron (Fr./Landenberg, Pa.) once again paced the Panthers, finishing 14th overall. She completed the 5K in 23:30.7. Colleen Walker (Sr./Mastic, NY) finished 17th and second overall for Purchase. Walker posted a time of 23:52.7.
In the 8K, the Panthers were led by Agosto, who was named Skyline Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week earlier in the week. Julian Norton (Sr./Loudonville, N.Y.) followed Agosto, finishing 19th for the Panthers in new head coach Christian Fullers (Tuckahoe) home debut.
The Purchase cross-country teams return to action Saturday at Bard College.
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