Cross Country NEWMAC Championship Preview

Cross Country NEWMAC Championship Preview

Worcester, Mass—The Clark University Men's and Women's Cross Country teams are headed to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Saturday, October 27th. The women will be racing at 11:00 a.m. while the men are set for a 12:00 p.m. start at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

This season the Cougar's top runner on the women's side is junior Nicolina Braccio (Nashua, N.H.). Braccio led the way for Clark in three out the five races so far this season. She finished 11th out of 54 runners at the Worcester City Meet in a time of 26:14 in the season opening 6K. She also placed at the top for Clark at the Keene State Invitational with a time of 20:37.1 which gave her eighth place overall. Her third top finish came at the James Earley Invitational when she completed the 5K in a season best 20:24.75.

Other top runners on the women's side include sophomore Meghan Davinroy (Louisville, Col.). Davinroy placed at the top for Clark at the Bowdoin Invitational with a time of 24:44.45 in the 6K. She finished just behind Braccio at Keene State in a time of 20:47.1 for 11th place overall. Davinroy also claimed the second fastest finish for Clark at the James Earley Invitational behind Braccio in a time of 20:30.57.

Senior Yana Zubarev (Needham, Mass.) rounds out the top three runners for the women's side as she claimed one top finish for Clark with her 20:16.74 time at the UMass.-Dartmouth Invitational. She finished with Clark's second fastest time in the 6K at the Worcester City Meet in 26:37.

For the Clark men's cross country team, first year Cameron Keenan (South Glastonbury, Conn.) has led the squad in four out of five races. He finished at the top for Clark in the five mile run at the Worcester City Meet in a time of 31:56. He also led the way in the UMass-Dartmouth 8K with a time of 29:25.38 and the James Earley Invitational with a 28:59.66 finish. Keenan posted his season best time at Bowdoin as he crossed first for Clark in a time of 28:40.19, which was good enough for 29th place overall.

Other top runners for the men include graduate student Cameron Mitchell (Medford, Mass.) and first year Ryan Ewanyk (East Northport, N.Y.). Mitchell finished at the top for the Cougars at the Keene state Invitational with a time of 30:27.7 for 20th place overall. He crossed second for Clark at the Worcester City Meet and UMass-Dartmouth Invitational in 32:28 and 30:42.61 respectively. Mitchell posted his season best time at the James Earley Invitational when he crossed in 29.23.31.