Lewis, Rooke take lead in XC invitational

By Joe DeMarzio
October 15, 2009

Shannon Keough

On Saturday Oct. 12, the cross country invitational hosted by Cabrini College at the Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia turned out to be a success for some of the members of the men’s and women’s cross country team.

The freshmen dominated this meet. Among the winners was newcomer freshman, Shatievah Lewis, who placed 10 out of 140 competitors at Saturday’s invitational.

Also placing is freshman distance runner, Tyler Rooke.

“The team is improving every week, which is what you want to see. So we should do well at the end of the year, especially at conference. I would say I am pretty confident that we will keep improving and that everyone will run their best race at conference time,” Rooke said. “I wasn’t any more nervous than I usually am before races. My nervous is an excited nervous to so if anything I was more excited than nervous before the race.”

Rooke ended up taking 43 out of 156 runners, making his the best spot for the Cavalier men’s team.

Both freshmen are the reigning Colonial States Athletic Conference men’s and women’s cross country runner of the week. Shatievah earned her title for the second week in a row.

The meet is one out of many for the Cavaliers and most of the team is looking for both team and individual wins at the conference meet.

“We did alright at our meet, but as much as everyone wants to do well every race we all have our sights set on conferences and regionals and a few of us are looking towards nationals. The highlight of the meet was that we had a couple personal records set on a tough course,” sophomore Anthony Girolamo said.

Placing second on the men’s team was freshman Jaiquann Beckham.

“I am very pleased with my performance. I ran a personal record and I placed second on the team so this meet helped boost my confidence a lot about running more cross country races in the future,” Beckham said.

“After today’s race I can definitely say I am confident about the rest of the season, hopefully I can meet all of my goals that I have set for myself. The Cabrini College Invitational helped me get further to reaching my long term goals in cross country and most importantly track.”

The Cabrini men’s and women’s cross country team will compete again on the same course in the CTC championship on Oct. 17.

The event is hosted by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. The members of the team are confident for the rest of the reason. Junior Diane Gapinski is confident that her hard work will pay off in the end at the CSAC meet.

“I am hoping to do really well at our CSAC meet. I have been putting lots of work in at practice and will continue to for the next month to get ready for that day. I want to end the season on a high note,” Gapinski said.

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