SBU sophomore Joe Ferencik and junior Nick Masiello at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships. (Photo credit: Keith Lucas, Sideline Media Productions)
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. – Junior Nick Masiello and sophomore Joe Ferencik broke the St. Bonaventure men's cross country 8k record as seven of 10 Bonnies set personal records at the Atlantic 10 Championships at Pole Green Park.
St. Bonaventure finished in 13th place, scoring 412 points. La Salle University won the Atlantic 10 championship with 27 points, St. Joseph's University finished in second place with 75 points and A-10 newcomer George Mason University finished in third place with 97 points. La Salle junior Nico Greco won the individual title with the second-best time in A-10 championship history of 23:46.9.
Masiello finished in 89th place overall with a time of 26:10.3, surpassing his previous Bonaventure 8k record of 26:46.5 from the 2011 University at Buffalo Stampede Invitational.
After suffering in the 2012 season from injuries, including a stress fracture, head coach Bob Macfarlane said he enjoys how Masiello has bounced back in his third season.
"He came back with a vengeance this year," Macfarlane said. "He crushed the (Bonaventure 8k) record and you want to beat the record with no questions asked."
Ferencik crossed the line in 100th place overall with a time of 26:40.5, moving to No. 2 on the all-time Bonaventure 8k list. Ferencik bested his previous personal record of 27:09 from the 2012 Gettysburg Invitational.
Junior Harley Thompson was the third runner for the Brown and White, finishing in 105th place overall with a time of 26:57.9. Sophomore Kevin Sidoran followed in 108th place, clocking in at 27:06.1. Thompson beat his personal record by 2 seconds and Sidoran improved his personal record by 28 seconds. Sidoran also moved to No. 6 on the all-time Bonaventure 8k list.
Sophomore Caleb Lecker (27:47.5) finished in 112th place, setting a new personal record by 5 seconds. Junior Steven Kibbe followed in 113th place, crossing the line with a time of 28:00.3. Senior Chris Spiker (28:16.8) placed in the Bona's top seven for the first time in his career, finishing in 114th place and beating his personal record by 33 seconds.
Junior Matt Trifoso finished in 115th place with a time 29:26.2. Sophomore Nick Konotopskyj (30:09.3) and junior Dan Myers (30:13.4) finished together in 116th and 117th places.
Macfarlane said the Atlantic 10 has significantly decreased in difficulty in his four years as coach of St. Bonaventure. Only 12 of the 117 finishing runners finished above 27:00.
"It just shows you the level that the A-10 is at," Macfarlane said. "There are no slackers in this conference."
With temperatures in the low 60's and a flat, open course with a soft grass surface, Macfarlane said he believed Pole Green Park was an ideal course for fast times.
"The conditions were just perfect," Macfarlane said. "The course was beautiful, the weather was perfect and everything just seemed to fall into place for PRs."
St. Bona will have a week off before finishing their season at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx, N.Y. The 6k race will start at 1 p.m. and is hosted by Manhattan College.
Check back on GoBonnies.com this week for a video recap of the Bonnies at the Atlantic 10 Championships.