Cross country teams continues their strong seasons
So far this season, the men's and women's cross country teams have had three meets. At each of those meets, the men placed first, seventh and second, respectively, and the women placed second, 13th and third.
Both teams began their season at the Wellesley Invitation on Aug. 30. The women placed second with a total of 31 points, and the men placed first with a total of 22 points. On the women’s side, the team was inched out by host Wellesley College, but Brandeis’ Andrea Bolduc ’21 picked up the second individual win with a time of 18:59.2 in the 5-kilometer. For the men, Mark Murdy ’21 made a full recovery after being out and injured last season. He was victorious in the 5K race with a time of 16:42.6. The Judges’ Casey Brackett ’23 came in second with a time of 16:56.9.
In the second meet of the season, the Judges attended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Invitational. The women placed 13th with a total of 376 points, and the men placed seventh with a total 209 points. On the women’s side, Erin Magill ’22 set her own personal best by cutting down 40 seconds off her previous record, giving her the 13th place finish out of a total 263 competitors total. On the men’s side, Murdy led the team, dropping from his 35th place finish at this meet two years ago to an eighth place finish out of over 250 competitors.
In the most recent meet of the season, the Judges attended the Keene State Invitational, where the women placed third with a total of 131 points and the men placed second with a total of 83 points. For the women, Danielle Bertaux ’20 led the team with her overall eighth place finish and an overall time of 18:38.0. This meet proved to be the fastest 5K of her career. Once again, the men’s team was led by Murdy, but this time he was quickly followed by Mathew Dribben ’22. Murdy ended with a second place finish with 26:04.4 and Dribben ended just four seconds behind.
Next up, both teams will attend the Connecticut College Invitational and the University of Washington-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational on Oct. 19.