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Records Set at Highlander Challenge

Caitlin Smith

On Sunday, October 9th the C.W. Post men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NJIT Highlander Challenge Invite in Newark, New Jersey. Both teams raced their way to many personal best times and walked away with 3rd and 1st place overall.

On the men’s side, Matthew O’Keefe took 2nd place out of 135 men, running a time of 25:16. O’Keefe, running his personal best time, moved into a tie for 5th on the Post All-Time list and was named East Coast Conference Men’s Runner of the Week. Teammate Ray Coyle followed with another personal best, running a time of 26:07 and gaining the 10th finishing spot. The men’s squad took 3rd place overall out of 16 competing teams.

In the women’s race, Jenn McLaughlin came in at 10th place with a time of 19:23, while Caitlin Smith finished in 13th place with a time of 19:39. Both women ran their personal bests and earned themselves a spot on the Post All-Time 5k list. Jess Wiking, Sara McLaughlin, and Alex Gentile had standout performances as they ran their personal best times of 20:53, 20:56, and 21:28 respectively. Together, the women’s team earned 74 points, securing them a first place overall finish out of 15 competing teams and marking the best team total in the history of the team’s results.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams will prepare this week for the ECC Championships which will be held on Sunday, October 23rd on the C.W. Post Campus.

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