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Freshmen Show The Way For Bonnies Men's Cross Country at Gettysburg Invitational

Freshmen Show The Way For Bonnies Men's Cross Country at Gettysburg Invitational

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Freshmen Mason Kimbell and Nathan Prisella showed the way as the St. Bonaventure University men's cross country team placed 11th Saturday morning at the Gettysburg Invitational.

As has been the case all season for the men's team, it was a day for the young Bonnies that primarily make up this year's roster as four of the top five spots in the team's finishing order were claimed by freshmen.

Though soggy in spots of the course due to rains earlier in the week, Saturday's race was run under nearly ideal conditions under overcast skies with temperatures in the mid-60s.

St. Bonaventure finished with a team score of 292 and narrowly missed a top 10 finish in the field of 25 teams, just coming short of host Gettysburg's final tally of 282.

Kimbell paced the Bonnies for the second consecutive meet, just missing his PR 8K mark by running the historic battlefield course in a time of 27:29.4. He finished 47th overall in the field of 256 runners.

Prisella ran with Kimbell during the entire race, swapping spots during the running, and finished on his teammate's heels by coming across the finish line in 50th with a time of 27:32.6. His run Saturday bested his 8K mark from three weeks ago in Rochester by over eight seconds.

Sophomore Donavan Lowe was the veteran of the Bonnies front runners, taking 75th overall at 28:04.2, a personal record for the second-year Bonnies runner. Lowe easily beat his previous 8K PR of 28:41 set at last year's Harry Anderson Invitational in Rochester.

Two more freshmen rounded out the scoring for the Brown and White – Ryan Chmiel clocked in at 28:34.8 and Jack Boltman ran an effort of 28:36.9, just missing his PR time of 28:35.4 set at the National Catholic Invitational last month.

Finishing as displacers were senior captain Levi Malone with his work of 28:50.5 and sophomore Mark Vaccaro who crossed the stripe at 29:33.5.

Freshman Joseph Blakeley also surpassed his previous 8K PR showing with a Saturday time of 29:58.5.

St. Bonaventure next competes in the Atlantic 10 championships in Fairfax, Va. on Oct. 28.

47. Mason Kimbell – 27:29.4
50. Nathan Prisella – 27:32.6
75. Donavan Lowe – 28:04.2
93. Ryan Chmiel – 28:34.8
95. Jack Boltman – 28:36.9
106. Levi Malone – 28:50.5
136. Mark Vaccaro – 29:33.5
155. Daniel Janak – 29:56.2
157. Joseph Blakeley – 29:58.5
168. Luke Gobel – 30:13.5
172. Matthew Bacher – 30:20.1
176. Kyle Haller – 30:30.5
181. George Laraia – 30:48.8
190. Drew Bille – 31:08.7
245. Christian Gravius – 35:50.5

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