NEWARK, Del. - - The Wilmington University cross country teams got even more familiar with the track it'll be running on for the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship in a few weeks, competing at the University of Delaware Blue & Gold Invite at White Clay Creek State Park on Saturday afternoon.
The women finished the 6K event in fifth place, earning 138 points. The men raced on the 8K course, finishing second overall with 67 points, only trailing NCAA Division I Seton Hall.
Rachel Jones paced the women, being the 21st runner to cross the line to give the Wildcats 21 points. She finished the 6K in 25:22.99. Gabby Brown wasn't far off form Jones, finishing 24th overall for 22 points, finishing in 25:31.78.
The rest of the Wildcat scoring came in a bunch, as Alexa Crowell finished 38th overall for 31 points, followed by Nicole Brevoort's 39th place finish for 32 points. Julia Merritt finished 41st overall, giving the Wildcats 33 points to round out the scoring. Crowell crossed in 27:35.00 while Brevoort came in at 27:58.96. Merritt finished the course in 28:04.33.
Emily Kockott placed 49th for the Wildcats with a time of 29:21.38 while Tara Langan finished 51st overall in 29:28.03. Tara McDonald crossed the line in 33:17 for 70th place while Tori Crawford rounded out the Wildcats on the course with an 80th place finish in 37:00.64.
NCAA Division I Seton Hall won the women's event, earning 23 points to defeat Delaware (42 points) by 10 points. Seton Hall's Christiana Rutkowski won the meet with a time of 22:47.50.
On the men's side, the Wildcats were once again led by Mark Corrigan as he finished fourth overall, behind only three Division I runners. Corrigan ran his second fastest 8K time of the season, finishing in 27:20.60, a 5:30.1 mile average. He bested his time from his first event at White Clay Creek State Park by almost 20 seconds.
The next three scoring Wildcats all crossed the line in close fashion, as Johnathan Avila finished 13th overall with a time of 28:54.49, also his second fastest 8K of the season. Miguel Suero placed 15th overall for 14 points, finishing in 29:08.85. Freshman Jacob Puharic finished 17th overall for 16 points, crossing the line in 29:22.58.
Rounding out the scoring for the Wildcats and securing the second place team finish was Korey Jeffries who placed 23rd overall for 20 points, running in his fastest time of the season at 29:59.73.
Sean Scandle finished 30th overall with an 8K time of 30:58.19 while Amani McMullen-Woolfolk placed 54th overall in 36:07.53. Jayven Davis rounded out the Wildcats on the course on Saturday with a 60th place finish, crossing the line in 40:13.75.
Seton Hall earned 24 points for the victory while Delaware's club team finished third with 104 points. Seton Hall's Jarod Moser earned medalist honors with a time of 26:39.59.
Saturday was the last look for the Wildcats in the regular season, as they will now take two weeks to prepare for the CACC Championships on Sunday, November 22. The event is hosted by Goldey-Beacom College at White Clay Creek State Park. The event will kick-off at 10:00 a.m.