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Men's Cross Country Season Preview

Men's Cross Country Season Preview

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's cross country team seeks to improve in the Atlantic 10 under fourth-year head coach Bob Macfarlane.

The Bonnies return all 14 runners from the 2012 squad, including three seniors, seven juniors and four sophomores. The returners include seniors Peter Eller, captain Terence Petty and Chris Spiker; juniors Dan Egan, Steven Kibbe, Nick Masiello, Dan Myers, Nick Taylor, Harley Thompson and Matt Trifoso; and sophomores Joe Ferencik, Nick Konotopskyj, Caleb Lecker and Kevin Sidoran.

Thompson and Masiello will lead the Brown and White after finishing first for the team at all six meets in 2012. Thompson set a Bonaventure 10k record at the NCAA Northeast Regionals in Madison, Conn., crossing the line at 33:45, and also led SBU at the Atlantic 10 championships in Philadelphia, Pa., the Gettysburg Invitational and the Mason Invitational. Masiello placed first for Bona's at the Little Three Invitational at the St. Bonaventure Golf Course and the National Catholic Championships at the University of Notre Dame.

The Bonnies also welcome freshman Ben Collins, of Glens Falls, N.Y., to the squad. Collins earned Foothills Council All-Star honors and was a top 25 runner in NYSPHSAA section 2, class B, in his senior year at Glens Falls High School.

St. Bonaventure kicks off the season August 30 at Delaware Park in Buffalo for the Little Three Invitational against Niagara University and host Canisius College. Bona's finished second place, defeating Niagara, 32-7, and falling to Canisius, 35-4. The men's race starts at 6:45 p.m.

The Brown and White travels to Latrobe, Pa., on Sept. 7 to race in the Seton Hill Classic. West Virginia Wesleyan won last year's invitational with 28 points, narrowly defeating second place Seton Hill University by four points.

The Bonnies will race against some of the top teams in the country at the National Catholic Championships on Sept. 20 and the Paul Short Invitational on Oct. 5. They aim to improve on last season's 27th place finish out of 34 scoring teams at the National Catholic Championships. SBU finished 46th overall in the Brown Race at the Paul Short Invitational in 2011.

St. Bonaventure will finish their regular season schedule when they return to Delaware Park on Oct. 19 for the Canisius Alumni Classic.

The University of Richmond will host the 2013 Atlantic 10 championships on Nov. 2 in Mechanicsville, Va. The Bonnies look to improve on last season's 16th place finish.

Bona's ends its season on Nov. 15 at the NCAA Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx, N.Y.