WILMINGTON, DE (September 7, 2013)
It was an exciting morning for Nyack Men's Cross Country to jumpstart their 2013 campaign as returning seniors, Keith Lindsey and Joubert Derival would finish in the top-10 and lead the Running Warriors to a 2nd place overall team finish for the first timer in program history.
The 13th Annual Wilmington University XC Invitational takes place on a scenic horse ranch, contains memorable uphills, strong downhills, rolling terrain, and offers the appeal of a design that will reward the runner who follows a crafted strategy.
"It is definitely the most challenging course on the Running Warrior race schedule," says assistant coach, Steve Mitzel.
When the gun fired on this semi-humid Saturday morning, the Wilmington University pack made their way towards the front of the line and maintained a steady pace for the first four miles along side Derrival and Lindsey.
Senior captain, Lindsey would pull away from his teammate Derrival and hang with the WU group who had separated them selves from the rest of the race spanning a 200m gap.
Tyler Muse of WU won the meet in a time of 28:37 and coming into the finish within 15 seconds was a strong Wildcat group who dominated the field landing a perfect score of 15 points.
The 6th individual and first Running Warrior to cross the line was Keith Lindsey in a time of 29:00 and next to come in for the Nyack team was Joubert Derival in 29:49. These times would result in course PRs for the Nyack men and would be the first year Lindsey placed in the top-10 while being Derrival's second time accomplishing these honors.
Freshman, Mateusz Gacik with an 11th place showing in his first collegiate race, crossed the line in an impressive 30:01 (3rd), Camden Lawrence (4th) in 30:53, and rounding out Nyack's top-5 was senior, Robert Lafond (5th), who had been coming off a recently injured ankle.
Team accolades were distributed to the top-3 teams who scored the lowest. Wilmington University won the 8K race with a 15 point meet sweep while Nyack College took 2nd place finishing with 65 points, improving from their placement here last year when they took 4th with 91 points.
Lastly, was Ocean County College would claim the 3rd place spot as a team scoring 80 points.
"It's great seeing the growth of our returners this year who were once intimidated by such a challennging course," replied head coach Latia Deylii - "I am pleased with how we stuck to our goals as a team and proud of our freshman for the needed effort they put in today."
Men's cross country enjoys a weekend off from competition and looks forward to their CACC course preview in two weeks at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Championships. The 8k hosted by Philadelphia University will take place at Belmont Plateau and is set to start Saturday September 21st at 12pm Eastern time.
See complete men's 8k race results here.
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