Boston, MA- The Brown University men’s and women’s cross country teams turned in solid performances at the BU Invitational this afternoon. Both squads competed against Boston University, LaSalle, Marist and Northeastern, with the women defeating each of the four teams and the men defeating Northeastern, but lost close battles to the other teams.
The race at Franklin Park today marked the first competition for many of Brown’s upperclassmen. Leading the men was a strong pack of John Loeser (Weston, CT), Christian Escareno (Mount Prospect, IL), Matt Duffy (Oakland, CA) and Brian Schilder (Milford, NJ), who finished 14-17th places, respectively.
Loeser, Escareno and Duffy all crossed the line at 25:38, as Schilder ran a 25:39. Brown also had some good performances from Anthony Schurz (South Bend, IN), who finished in 23rd with a 26:01 as Tom Elnick (Merrick, NY), Scott Friedlander (Deerfield, IL) and Conor Grogan (Hudson, MA) each ran the course in 26:23 for 30-32 places, respectively.
The Brown women were led by the group of Kesley Ramsey (Franklin Lakes, NJ), Ari Garber, Lauren Pischel (La Jolla, CA) and Elaine Kuckertz (Clarendon Hills, IL), that ran strategically to finish in 5-8 place and just seconds apart. Ramsey ran an 18:35, Garber turned in an 18:36 and both Pischel and Kuckertz posted times of 18:37.
Bri Rogers (Moorestown, NJ) garnered 13th place with an 18:42, as Samantha Adelberg (Washington, DC) came in behind with an 18:47 for 14th. Sophomore Roseanne Fleming (Westlake Village, CA) posted an 18:50 for 15th and Rachel Baker (Redondo Beach, CA) placed 20th with a 19:06.
Both teams will now prepare for the New England Championships on Oct. 10 at Franklin Park in Boston.