Yale Places Third at Fordham

Sam Lynch. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Lynch Leads Team with Ninth-Place Finish

BRONX, N.Y. – The Yale men's cross country team posted an impressive third-place finish at the Fordham Follies and Fiasco Invitational on Saturday. Yale's 88 points were bested only by Princeton (26) and Navy (41). The Bulldogs beat out Penn (4th- 146 points), the only other Ivy team competing, and the rest of the 16-team field.

Senior Sam Lynch finished first for his team and ninth overall in 26:08.39 over the five mile course at Van Cortlandt Park. He was followed closely by senior Conor Dooney (11th- 26:11.94) and junior Demetri Goutos (15th- 26:17.46). Junior Sam Kirtner (33rd- 26:48.52) and junior Matthew Thwaites (35th- 26:50.22) also scored for Yale. Sophomore Ryan Laemel (36th- 26:50.66), sophomore Miles Richardson (37th- 26:51.01) and senior captain Nathan Richards (39th- 26:52.87) all finished within two minutes of Thwaites, demonstrating excellent teamwork. Sophomore Michael Cunetta was not far off the pack, finishing 42nd in 26:55.24.

Junior Kevin Lunn (53rd - 27:12.82), freshman Alec Borsook (77th- 27:54.00), freshman Tom Harrison (79th- 27:55.52), freshman John McGowan (91st- 28:12.82), freshman Jacob Sandry (145th- 29:38.38) and freshman Isa Qasim (164th- 30:15.87) also competed for Yale.

The race was a good experience-builder for the team's many freshmen, who comprise the largest incoming class in the past four years. Juniors and seniors stepped into a leadership role, placing in each of the five scoring positions.

"Today was a great starting point for the season," said Richards. "We stayed together as a pack for the first few miles and then picked up the pace over the last mile and a half.  Placing third as a team in our first race was impressive especially after running as a pack for those first three and a half miles."

Richards said that running so closely together helped the team to its score, a strategy that "will be key for championship races coming up later in the season."

The team will next be in action on Saturday, Sep. 17th, when they travel to Harvard. The meet will begin at 11:00 a.m.

Report by Natalie Villa '13, Yale Sports Publicity