Eagles Compete at 2014 Patriot League Championships

Eagles Compete at 2014 Patriot League Championships


BETHLEHEM, Pa.Josh Ellis and Julienne DeVita showed depth in the American University cross country teams Saturday, stepping up to lead the Eagle men and women at the 2014 Patriot League Cross Country Championships, hosted by Lehigh.
 
Ellis, a junior from Austin, Texas, finished 16th individually to lead a tight AU pack. It was his second time in the Eagles' top spot this year, with the last time coming at the Lehigh Paul Short Run on the same course in October.
 
Eagles finished in fifth place in the men's team standings with 111 points, earning fifth by virtue of a tie-breaker with Lehigh.
 
DeVita, a sophomore from Williston, Vt., moved up to the Eagles' No. 1 spot for the first time this season on the women's side. She was 31st overall and helped AU place seventh in the team standings.
 
American's top six men finished within 18 places and 32 seconds. All five AU men who finished both the PL Championships and the Lehigh Paul Short Run improved their times on the same 8-kilometer course on Saturday.
 
Ellis cut 17 seconds off his earlier mark to run 24:32.3 on Saturday. Brendan Johnson, last year's PL Rookie of the Year was 18th in 24:36.4 and senior Tom Woermer was 21st in 24:45.1.
 

Senior Nick Regan placed 29th in 24:59.2, and freshmen Dominic Genuario was fifth on the team and 33rd overall, running 25:03.3 in his first time on the course and at the league meet. Sophomore Peter Rowe was just behind his teammate in 34th at 25:04.1.

Navy put its five scorers among the top nine finishers to score 30 points and easily win the men's team title over Bucknell (76) and Army (92). Navy junior Stephen Schroeder won the individual title in 23:57, eight seconds faster than Bucknell senior Michael McGowan.
 
American earned fifth place in the NCAA tie-breaking system, which matches wins and losses specifically among the five scorers. The Eagles bested their respective Mountain Hawks in four of the five comparisons.
 
DeVita ran 22:05.0 over the women's 6K course, besting her previous-best mark of the season by more than 90 seconds. Freshman Jillian O'Donohoe was second on the team in only her second race of the season, finishing 36th in 22:08.3.
 
Sophomore Corina Velazco was 53rd in 22:28.3, junior Kelseagh Budris placed 57th in 22:37.0 and sophomore Reagan Kolakowski was 79th in 23:39.1, also in her second race of the season.
 
AU, which had seven underclassmen and a junior in its young lineup on Saturday, scored 214 points in the women's team competition.
 
Boston University won the women's team title with 52 points, winning the tie-breaker system over Bucknell. Army and Navy each scored 70 points, with the Black Knights getting the tie-breaker for third.
 
BU senior Rosa Moriello won the women's individual title in 20:18.1, 12 seconds ahead of Lehigh junior Elizabeth Weiler.
 
American competes next at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, to be held Nov. 14 at Penn State.