Hanne Highlights W&J Cross Country In Season-Opening Event
BETHANY, W.Va. -- Senior Bradley Hanne (Conneaut, Ohio/Center) recorded a career-best, second-place finish to lead the Washington & Jefferson College cross country teams in the season-opening meet for the Presidents Saturday at the Bethany Invitational.
Hanne posted a time of 28:13 to finish seven seconds behind men's champion Ryan Donnelly of Bethany. A total of 40 runners competed in the men's race.
West Liberty captured the men's team championship with 53 points followed by Bethany (66), Waynesburg (68), Wesleyan (73) and W&J (97).
Wesleyan captured the women's championship with 23 points ahead of West Liberty (71), Waynesburg (83), W&J (93), Bethany (125), Chatham (133) and Salem International (208).
The W&J women were paced by freshmen Abby Pristas (Irwin, Pa./Norwin) and Allie Smith (Shippensburg, Pa./Big Spring), who placed eighth and ninth, respectively. Pristas ran the course in 25:37, while Smith crossed the finish line two seconds later. Sophomore Keri Reeves (Calimesa, Calif./Yucaipa) took 17th place in the 54-runner field with a time of 26:42.
Chatham's Rachel Leftwich won the women's individual title after finishing in 24:22.
After Hanne's runner-up showing, junior Thomas Marcotte (Plainville, Mass./Bishop Feehan) placed 17th for the W&J men in a time of 30:22, while classmate Corey Young (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) was 23rd (31:41).
Washington & Jefferson returns to the course on Friday at the Slippery Rock Invitational.