GREENSBURG, Pa. – The St. Bonaventure men's cross country team will compete at the Seton Hill Griffin Classic at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, racing in their first 8k of the season.
West Virginia Wesleyan won last year's invitational with 28 points, narrowly defeating second place Seton Hill University by four points. While the victorious Bobats will not return to this year's race, the Bonnies will compete against other top teams including the hosting Griffins and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Seton Hill senior Justin Weaver won last year's race with a time of 27:58.71.
Head coach Bob Macfarlane believes the men will compete with the top teams and runners at Saturday's race.
"(The men) should be in the top two," Macfarlane said. "If a team is going to beat you, you run hard enough that they have to run their best to beat you."
The Brown and White are seeking to bounce back after finishing third place at the Little Three Invitational on August 30 in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bonnies scored 64 points, finishing behind host Canisius' 15 points and Niagara's 60 points. Junior Nick Masiello led Bona's at the race, finishing in ninth place with a time of 16:35.1.
Coach Macfarlane said the men are motivated to bounce back after falling short of their goals at Little Three.
"We'll be competitive," Macfarlane said. "You've got to have a short-term memory and move on forward."
For a preview of the Seton Hill Griffin Classic and a recap of the Little Three Invitational, watch coach Macfarlane's interview with senior Chris Spiker.