Herkimer Cross Country runs well at Hamilton College Invitational

CLINTON, NY – In their final regular season contest, Herkimer College’s cross country teams put down some fast times at the Hamilton College Invitational.

The women’s team, despite being incomplete for the 2nd straight meet, had Jenna-Marie LaPerla (Mount Markham/Ilion, NY) come through with a season’s best performance for the 2nd straight meet. Her time of 25:56.9 placed her 68th overall, and 4th amongst NJCAA competitors, and solidifying herself as a top contender for an all-conference and maybe even an all-region position.

She wasn’t the only one cruising through the Hamilton golf course, as Claire Connolly (Little Falls/Little Falls, NY), Malerie Belles (Cicero-North Syracuse/Clay, NY), and Amina Mohamed (Bayview South/Milwaukee, WI) also ran their fastest times of the year. Connolly ran 26:49.2 to get 72nd, Belles crossed the line in 27:18.1 for 74th, and Mohamed dropped a major season’s best of 30:28.9 for 82nd overall.

The men’s team, ailing in recent weeks, finished 7th overall with 233 points, just 11 behind regional contender Onondaga and 10 ahead of Mohawk Valley. Andrew Yacobucci (Canajoharie/Canajoharie, NY) and Jake Baisley (Dolgeville/Dolgeville, NY) led the pack attack for the Generals, barely missing spots in the top 50. Yacobucci placed 51st (31:15.5) and Baisley took home 53rd (31:27.3).

Also competing for the Generals were Zumar Smith (Amelia Academy/Chesterfield, VA), Marius Murabito (Whitesboro/Whitesboro, NY), Lewis Lewis (Thomas R. Proctor/Utica, NY), Ricky Patterson (Peekskill/Peekskill, NY), George Watson (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY), Kyler Ford (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY) and Justin Jones (Central Valley/Ilion, NY). Smith finished in 60th (31:52.1) while Murabito cruised in to 75th (33:05.6), Lewis charged home in 81st (33:40.9), Patterson held strong for 85th (33:57.9), Watson grabbed 95th (35:27.1), Ford fought for 107th (39:05.6) and Jones held on at the last second for 111th (45:01.2).

Herkimer will have next weekend off from competition in the hopes that they can recover and get back to full strength for the Mountain Valley Conference Championship meet on October 20th. This year’s meet will be hosted by Herkimer College.

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