Cross country competes against ‘quality’ teams

By Robert Kallwass
September 20, 2007

The Cabrini men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in their second competition of the season at the Ursinus Invitational on Sept. 8. The women’s team placed 5th out of the 6 teams and the men’s team placed 4th out of the 8 teams.

The women’s team ended with a final score of 141, behind first place Franklin and Marshall College with 46 points and Ursinus College in second with 56 points. Freshman Diana Gapinski made 18th place for Cabrini College.

The team competed without their top runner, senior Carolyn Roberts.

According to cross country head coach Tom O’Hora, Roberts turned her ankle in the previous week’s Delaware Valley Invitational. She will begin training in a few days and O’Hora believes she will be healthy for the Philly Metro Meet on Sept. 22.

The men’s team scored a total of 85 points, with freshman Eddie Penatar finishing 3rd and junior Justin Walsh finishing 14th out of a total of 65 runners.

“The Ursinus meet was just a training for us,” O’Hora said, “because it was hot, I asked all the runners to take it easy and not go all out. Considering that and the high level of competition, we did very well. There weren’t many teams at the meet, but they were quality teams.”

Cabrini’s cross country teams are working well with the new freshmen who have joined the team according to O’Hora.

“The freshmen have been great! They have mixed in very well with the veterans of the team.”

The Cabrini cross country team will compete in the Philly Metro Meet at 12:15 p.m. at the Belmont Plateau at Fairmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Robert Kallwass

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