By Taylor Nigrelli
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The St. Bonaventure men's and women's cross country seasons will continue this weekend as the teams travel to Notre Dame to participate in the National Catholic Championships Friday at 5 p.m.
The meet features 846 runners from 34 different Catholic colleges throughout the nation. However, only 13 of those programs compete at the Division-I level.
This will be the 33rd year the invitational will be held for the men and the 26th year with female participants. The men will run an 8K race, while the women's race is a 5K.
The last time the Bonnies ran at the Catholic Championships, in 2009, the men finished 25th of 31 teams while the women's side finished last.
The teams are coming off their first-ever duo second-place finish in Little Three Invitational history two weeks ago at the St. Bonaventure Golf Course. Sophomore Nick Masiello and junior Kady Weisner led their respective teams and each finished in the top-five overall.
Freshmen Nick Konotopskyj, Joe Ferencik, Kevin Sidoran and Caleb Lecker each finished in the top-six for the SBU men in their collegiate debut, while sophomores Steven Kibbe and Harley Thompson are coming off their worst finishes as Bonnies. Junior transfer Christopher Spiker will look to build on his 8th-place finish for the Brown and White following his first race in more than three years at the Little Three.
The women's team also has five runners coming off of their St. Bonaventure debut. Weisner and freshman Kerry Caher finished third and fourth overall while capturing the sixth- and 10th-best 5K times in St. Bonaventure women's cross country history. Weisner finished in 19:48 while Caher finished with a time of 20:02. Five of the top-10 fastest times in St. Bonaventure women's history have now occurred in the past two seasons.
Freshmen Rachel Dogogi and Aubrie Russell were third and fourth for the Bonnies, respectively, while sophomores Elizabeth Dickinson, Hannah Robinson, Taylor Greene and Morgan Mayo finished next for Bonaventure, in that order. Freshman Maggie Schunk was the final finisher for the Bonnies.
Following the race at Notre Dame, the Bonnies will travel to Leesburg, Va., for the Mason Invitational Sept. 29.