Alyssa Jones Cross Country Head Shot

Cross Country turns in strong performances at Hamilton College Invite

CLINTON, NY – A fast course produced some season’s-best performances as the Herkimer Generals cross-country teams continued to impress at this past Saturday’s Hamilton College Invitational.

The women’s team, complete for the first time all season long, finished a modest 7th, with multiple runners competing for the first time ever on the college level.

The effort was done by all freshmen and saw Alyssa Jones (Central Valley Academy/Ilion, NY) at the lead. Now with a complete team behind her, the extra motivation pushed Jones to a 72nd place finish. Her time of 28:40.1 for the 5,000 meter course is her best performance of the year to date.

Behind her were Ellia Dannible (Cobleskill-Richmondville/Warnersville, NY), Lauren Horowitz (Washingtonville/Washingtonville, NY), Alizee Embry(Thomas R. Proctor/Utica, NY) and Gianna Durso (Notre Dame/Utica, NY). Dannible was 75th (29:51.0) with Horowitz one spot further back (76th, 30:50.9). Embry was 78th (39:13.4) and Durso was right behind in 79th rounding out the Herkimer attack (40:26.2).

The men’s squad, now back at full strength, finished a decent 8th, not far behind a strong Finger Lakes squad, 184-211. However, a dual meet score has Finger Lakes over Herkimer by only one point at 27-28. With the limited amount of teams (and elite runners) at the NJCAA Division 3 level, regionals could get very interesting if this keeps up.

The men were led once again by Wakeem Medina (Schenectady/Schenectady, NY). The freshman finished 38th with a time of 29:00.2 for the 8,000 meter course. He was followed by Lewis Lewis (Thomas R. Proctor/Utica, NY) in 59th (30:30.8), Andrew Yacobucci (Canajoharie/Canajoharie, NY) in 62nd (30:49.5), Christopher Hardin (Rome Free Academy/Rome, NY) in 66th (30:55.0), Nick Kennedy (Central Valley Academy/Ilion, NY) in 76th (32:13.7), William Crews (Thomas R. Proctor/Utica, NY) in 87th (34:16.4) and James Briody (Cairo-Durham/Cairo, NY) in 102nd (43:04.6).

It will be a short turnaround for the Generals, as they travel down towards the Southern Tier on Tuesday (10/8) to compete in the annual SUNY Delhi weekday meet, with a starting time slated for 4 PM.

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