ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Junior William Delaney wrote his name into the program record books as he led the St. Bonaventure men's cross country team to a second-place finish at Saturday morning's Little Three Championship.
The 5K course ran through the fields behind the Reilly Center, portions of the Allegheny River Trail and Bob's Woods. St. Bonaventure finished with 39 team points, comfortably ahead of Niagara's 65. Canisius won the overall championship with 16 points.
A fast, flat course layout and favorable conditions allowed the Bonnies to make a considerable mark on the program record book.
Delaney shattered his previous 5K PR time with an effort of 15:53, easily surpassing his previous best of 16:21 set at last year's Little Three. His effort is also the first-sub 16:00 time in Bonnies history. The previous best individual time for a Bonnies men's 5K was Nick Masiello who clocked in at 16:18 in 2011 at Mt. St. Mary's.
Nick Neamtu of Canisius ran a blistering time of 15:25 to win the event by 21 seconds over teammate Michael Peppy.
Freshman Logan Caruso also broke into the program's individual top five with a run of 16:22, which is good for fourth in the Bonnies record books among individuals.
Sophomore Ryan Chmiel placed third on the team with his effort of 16:36, which will stand eighth in the program record books. Another freshman, Jack Duncanson clocked in at 16:39 and moves himself into ninth place in Bona individual history.
Sophomore Nathan Prisella also ran a personal best time and broke into the program top 10 as well with his run of 16:42.
In addition to the assault on the program record books, numerous other Bonnies upperclassmen turned in PR times including George Laraia (17:03), Kyle Haller (17:20), Luke Gobel (17:39.50), Ryan Signorino (18:31) and Christian Gravius (19:26).
Saturday's event marked the 50th anniversary running of the Little Three Championship and seniors Laraia, Signorino, Gravius, Matthew Bacher, Ryan Walker and Dahron Wells were honored prior to the meet.
Prior to the meet, the Bonnies honored the memory of Conor Long who was to attend St. Bonaventure and compete with the cross country/track teams this year before passing away in a tragic accident over the summer. Friends and family were on hand as Long's jersey was given to his parents as a tribute.
Next up for St. Bonaventure is a trip to the West Point Invitational on Friday, Sept. 14.
5. William Delaney – 15:53 (program record)
13. Logan Caruso – 16:22
15. Ryan Chmiel – 16:36 (personal record)
16. Jack Duncanson – 16:39
17. Nathan Prisella – 16:42 (personal record)
19. George Laraia – 17:03 (personal record)
23. Kyle Haller – 17:20 (personal record)
24. John Pullano – 17:28
26. Luke Gobel – 17:39.50 (personal record)
27. Daniel Janak – 17:53
28. Jack Boltman – 18:00
30. Elias Kott – 18:13
31. Matt Villanueva – 18:25
33. Ryan Signorino – 18:31 (personal record)
35. Mark Vaccaro – 18:50
37. Christian Gravius – 19:26 (personal record)
38. Isaiah Callahan – 20:39
-By Scott Eddy, Director of Athletics Communications
**- Personal record times noted for Bonnies student-athletes with previous collegiate experience
NEW. PROGRAM. RECORD.— Bonnies XC / Track (@BonniesXCTrack) September 1, 2018
Junior Will Delaney ran the first sub-16:00 5K time in our history today with his run of 15:53 in the Little Three Championship!! ��#Bonnies || #Unfurl pic.twitter.com/LBIgpwrsKS
Off they go! The men's race is underway! pic.twitter.com/TzELYSWPO1— Bonnies XC / Track (@BonniesXCTrack) September 1, 2018
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