PAXTON, Mass. - The Clark University women's cross country team placed third while the men's cross country team took fourth place at Saturday morning's Worcester City Meet, held at Moore State Park. WPI won the event on both the men's and women's side, accumulating 25 points on the women's side, and 15 on the men's side. Both the Worcester State University men's and women's cross country teams finished in second place while the Fitchburg State men's team took third place and Simmons finished in fourth for the women's side.
The Clark University women finished with 79 points, and were led by 11th place finisher Nicolina Braccio (Nashua, N.H.). Yana Zubarev (Needham, Mass.) finished just behind Braccio in 14th place. The men finished with 99 points and were led by freshman Cameron Keenan (South Glastonbury, Conn.) (24th place) and senior Cameron Mitchell (Medford, Mass.) (30th place).
WPI's Jake Scarponi (Barrington, N.H.) won the men's 8k race with a time of 27:27, while the women's 6k was won by WPI's Sydney Packard (Georgetown, Mass.).
Sixth place finisher Alice Najimy (Pittsfield, Mass.) was the leader for Simmons University, who finished in fourth place.
The Worcester State women had a pair of finishers reach the podium, as senior Mia Rogers (North Dighton, Mass.) and junior Elisabeth Olson (Wilmington, Mass.) took second and third place respectively.
Five of the top eight women's runners on the morning were donning WPI red, propelling the Engineers to the victory. Following the champion Packard for WPI were graduate student Emily Newman (Easton, Mass.), who finished in fourth, sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, Minn.), who finished in fifth, and seventh and eighth place finishers Ciara Young (Milton, Mass.) and Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, Mass.).
As they historically have, the WPI men dominated the race on Saturday taking the top six spots on the leaderboard. Following Scarponi, in order, for the Engineers were Michael Brady (Medway, Mass.), Owen Lally (Lebanon, Conn.), Tom Hanlon (Derry, N.H.), Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, R.I.), and Logan Gaudette (Holden, Mass.).
Fitchburg State was the afternoon's third place team with 93 points, led by 16th place runner Timothy Sheehy (Wakefield, R.I.). The Falcons narrowly defeated Clark University, who finished with 99 points.
The Cougars travel to UMass-Dartmouth next weekend for the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday, September 15th. The men start at 10:30 a.m. and the women are set for an 11:15 start.