ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - The St. Bonaventure men's and women's cross country teams each began their seasons Friday morning by finishing second in the Little Three Invitational held on the St. Bonaventure Golf Course.
This was the second year in a row the women finished second while the men improved on 2011's last-place finish. The Bonnies accomplished this despite using 10 new runners, including eight freshmen.
Canisius was the winner of both the men's and women's 5K races (3.1 miles), while Niagara took third on both sides. Kim Vona of Niagara was the overall winner of the women's race with a time of 19:19.64, while the men's race was won by Canisius's Chad Maloy with a time of 15:50.20.
The top finisher for the Bona women was junior transfer Kady Weisner who came in third with a time of 19:48.63. Freshman Kerry Caher took fourth overall in the race by finishing in 20:02.52. She was followed by freshmen Rachel
Weisner credits her third- place finish to her preparation efforts this summer.
"I worked really hard over this summer," Weisner said. "I've been putting in the miles and we've spent a lot of time in the weight room. I also think mentally I'm going to be a lot stronger this year."
Sophomore Elizabeth Dickinson finished fifth for the Bonnies and 15th overall with a time of 22:20.29. Second-year runners Hannah Robinson, Taylor Greene and Morgan Mayo finished 18th, 21st and 22nd, respectively. Freshman Maggie Schunk was the final finisher for the Bonnies, coming in at 25:14.45. Sophomore Emily Steves was unable to finish due to an injury.
Nick Masiello was the top finisher for the men's squad with a time 16:33.10; good enough for fifth overall. Freshmen Nick Konoyopskyj, Joe Ferencik, Kevin Sidoran and Caleb Lecker finished ninth, 10th, 14th and 18th overall with times of 17:00.60, 17:02.50, 17:20.20 and 17:28.60, respectively
Sophomore Steven Kibbe and classmate Harley Thompson were next for the Bonnies, finishing 16th and 23rd overall. Junior transfer Chris Spiker and his sophomore teammates Nick Taylor, Dan Myers and Matt Trifoso finished 26th through 29th overall. Dan Egan rounded out the men's team with a 31st-place finish
Coach Bob MacFarlane expressed his pleasure with the men's team's performance after the race.
"I can't even remember the last time we came in second, it's been so long," Macfarlane said. "So I'm very pleased with the performance today."
Next up for the Bonnies is a trip to Notre Dame for the National Catholic Championships on Sept. 14.