WESTFIELD, Mass — The Husson University men's and women's cross country programs finished their 2016 season this past weekend at the NCAA DIII Championship Northeast Regional at Stanley Park.
The women's team saw four seniors run their final races this Saturday, while two of them set their personal records. Samantha Martin, Stephanie Adamczyk, Kelly Kashian and Shannon Bunce are the seniors for the Eagles. "All four have helped build a still young program and left their mark. We are very proud of their conduct on and off the course and how they closed their careers today." Head coach Kate Goupee says.
Freshman Lindsay Joliat led the way for the Eagles when she raced to a nearly one minute PR and placed 246th with a time of 25:30. Morgan Clifford was next with a time of 26:07 and in 286th place. Martin ran a PR of 26:50 and placed 314th despite a hard fall in the closing half mile. Kashian set a PR as well with a time of 27:05 and 328th place. Finishing out the scoring was Heidi Ntengeri in 332rd and a time of 27:10. Bunce and Adamczyk closed out their careers as 6th and 7th runners on the day. As a team, the ladies were 51st out of 59 teams.
The men raced second and like the women saw four seniors close out their careers. The seniors for the men are David Furtado, Nick Young, Andrew Balsamo, and Josh Wheeler. All seniors completed four years and they are the first four year male XC athletes to graduate.
Balsamo led the way for the Eagles as he set a school record and a PR with a time of 27:56 placing in 188th. Wheeler was next in a near PR time of 29:49 and 294th place. Furtado finished with a time of 29:54 and a PR in 294th place. Completeing the senior sweep was Young with a PR of 29:55 and finished in 299th place. Sophomore Spencer Canham was next with a PR time of 30:01 and finished in 303rd place. The men raced to 50th place as a team.