Galligan’s First-Place Finish Leads W&J At CMU Invitational
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) claimed the third individual victory of her career to highlight the Washington & Jefferson College cross country teams at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational on Saturday.
Galligan completed the 199-runner race in a personal best time of 18:22.8 on the 5K course. Her mark is the top 5K time in W&J women’s cross country history.
Senior Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) also ran to a personal best and new W&J record, as his fourth-place showing paced the men’s squad. Ryan completed the 8K, 218-runner race in a time of 25:23.15. He has finished among the top four in all four of the Presidents’ races this fall.
Senior Benjamin Kopchick (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) turned in the second-best time for the W&J men, finishing 54th (27:33.54). Junior Bradley Hanne (Conneaut, Ohio/Centre) ran to a time of 29:16.06 for a 130th-place showing, while sophomore Corey Young (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) placed 137th (29:31.98). Sophomores Thomas Marcotte (Plainville, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and Joshua Makepeace (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) were 139th and 140th, respectively. Five W&J runners set personal-best times.
On the women’s side, freshman Keri Reeves (Calimesa, Calif./Yucaipa) was second among W&J runners with a time of 21:29.0 (114th place), while classmate Kaleigh Gallagher (East Aurora, N.Y./Iroquois) took 122nd place (21:55.2).
The W&J cross country teams race next at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday beginning at 11:00 am.