Herkimer Cross Country competes in SUNY POLY Invitational

MARCY, NY – The Herkimer College Generals cross-country teams opened their 2018 season with a decent performance at the 12th annual SUNY Poly Short Course Invitational.

With some missing runners and a few kinks to work out, this proved to be a decent trial run nonetheless for the Herkimer runners.

The women’s race was all about second-year runner Malerie Belles (Cicero-North Syracuse/Clay, NY). The only finisher for the Lady Generals, Malerie wound up taking 70th in a field loaded with several NCAA Division 3 Schools, including local powerhouses Utica College and SUNY Oneonta. Her time of 27:12.5 for the 4 kilometer course was 6th best amongst NJCAA competitors.

The men’s race saw a decent opening race for the shorthanded Generals. Missing a couple of key runners, and facing some early struggles, the men ground out a 9th place finish by scoring 241 points against a field, again, highlighted by some strong local 4-year programs.

Andrew Yacobucci (Canajoharie/Canajoharie, NY) was the top finisher for the General men, finishing the 6 kilometer course with a solid time of 22:29.4, good for 42nd place overall. He was the 4th best NJCAA finisher in the field. Not far behind was Marius Murabito (Whitesboro/Whitesboro, NY), who crossed the finish line with a time of 24:08.3, good for 66th place, 9th amongst junior college competitors. Rounding out the team for the day were Kennyasha Joseph (Dover/Dover Plains, NY), George Watson (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY) and Kyler Ford (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY). Joseph ran 94th, Watson charged home for 96th and Ford, despite an ailing knee, held fast for 105th place individually. Their respective times of 26:21.7, 26:56.2 and 29:08.2 are respectable times to start the young season with.

Herkimer’s next contest comes next Saturday (9/8) out in Canandaigua, NY. They will be competing at the Bruce Bridgman Invitational hosted by Finger Lakes Community College.

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