New Britian, CT- The Brown University men's and women's cross country teams did an outstanding job in the 2009 season opener at the 21st annual Blue Devil Invitational at Central Connecticut State University. Both the men and women finished first at the competition despite the team's youthful presence on the trail.
The women finished first with a total of 21 points at the Blue Devil Invitational, as the squad claimed second through fifth place finishes. Holy Cross finished in second (37) and Southern Connecticut State University (79) earned third place.
Elaine Kuckertz was Brown's top finisher with a stellar 18:43.75 for second place on the five-kilometer course, as Rosie Fleming placed third with an 18:44.80. Following closely behind was sophomore Bri Rogers with an 18:44.84, as well as Erica Hines in fifth with a time of 18:49.19.
Junior Megan Fitzpatrick earned seventh place with her 18:55.92, as Olivia Thomas gave a good effort for 12th with a 19:32.75. Also competing was Bree Shugarts (19:33.15), Bridgette Black (19:33.25) Tess Plant-Thomas (20:39.66) and Amanda Filiberto (20:39.73).
On the men's side, the Bears tallied a total of 44 points to claim first, while CCSU followed in second (45), Holy Cross in third (57) and Southern Connecticut State University (71) in fourth.
The Bears locked up sixth through nine place finishes at Stanley Quarter Park, as freshman Michael Stumpf (26:56.26) led the way with a sixth place finish on the eight kilometer course. Sophomore Nathan Chellman came in right behind with a 26:57.15, as rookies Dillon Jack (27:00.15) and Conor Grogan (27:03.87) earned eighth and ninth place finishes, respectively. Erik Berg was Brown's next finisher (14th) with a solid time of 27:12.88.
Other Brown competitors included Ben Stephenson and Matt LaForgia. Stephenson took 16th with a time of 27:26.80, while LaForgia recorded a time of 27:56.38 for 25th place. Sophomore Mike Elnick also finished with a time of 27:57.07, and junior Chris Collins garnered 29th with a 28:15.24.