ROCHESTER – The St. Bonaventure University men's cross country team brought home a seventh place finish out of 21 teams competing Saturday morning at the Harry F. Anderson Invitational hosted by Roberts Wesleyan College.
The Bonnies finished with a team score of 235 points, led by sophomore Ben Collins who finished 26th out of the 237 runners competing. Collins completed the 8K course in a time of 26:44.7. The Glens Falls, N.Y. native bettered his time from last year's event by nearly a full minute (27:35.2).
Cornell captured the win with 25 points with Roberts Wesleyan (55), Fredonia (121), Oswego (131) and Penn State-Behrend (205) rounding out the top five team finshers.
Freshman Caleb Johnson came in second for the Bonnies, finishing with a mark of 26:53.9 for 37th overall. A trio of seniors rounded out the top five for the Bonnies – Joe Ferencik was in at 27:06.2, Nick Konotopskyj crossed the finish line in 27:37.7 and Caleb Lecker recorded a time of 28:05.8. Like Collins, Ferencik and Konotopskyj improved their times from last year's edition of the Harry F. Invitational.
"I was happy with the guys who stepped up today," said Bonnies head coach Bob MacFarlane. "The boys looked very good today. I think that today overall, both the men's team and the women's team showed that we are moving along in the right direction. Ben Collins and Caleb Johnson, those two have really stepped up their game. Those two young kids are really showing that they belong in this division."
St. Bonaventure returns to competition on Oct. 2 at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
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