Women’s team finishes fourth at NYC meet

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Logan Kempney (above) was the first Edinboro male finisher at last Saturday’s Iona Meet of Champions in New York City.
Men's XC finishes 12th

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

Kasey Jones may be one of the best Division II women’s cross country runners in the entire nation.

However, the junior only realized it this past weekend.

Jones placed second with a time of 22:30.67 in the Iona Meet of Champions held his past Saturday in the Bronx, New York, finishing behind Silvia Del Fava of Albany who won with a time of 22:27.60.

“I think Kasey Jones has the potential to be one of the best cross country runners in Division II,” said head men’s and women’s cross country coach Rick Hammer in a phone interview Monday afternoon.

“I don’t think she truly realized it until this past weekend.”

Jones finished only seconds shy of taking first place in a race that included runners from Youngstown State and Army, as well as Ivy league schools such as Brown, Yale and Princeton, all of which are Division I programs.

As a team, Edinboro women’s cross country had a strong showing, finishing fourth out of 20 total teams. The Scots tallied 167 total team points, trailing all three aforementioned Ivy League schools, with Brown winning the team title with 38 total points.

Emma Sullivan (23:32), Anna Hosl (23:34), Emily Ahrens (24:17) and Megan Maffett (24:22) were the other top four Scot finishers in the women’s race, contributing to the team points.

“Hats off to the women’s team” Hammer said in terms of their performance.

“We only have nine girls on the team, but they came out and competed against some great competition and did well.”

The men’s team didn’t have as much success in the Empire State, but they did face just as stiff competition as the University of Arkansas, a top-tier Division I cross country program, competed in the race.

The Razorbacks claimed the team title with 46 team points. Edinboro finished 12th out of 23 teams as the Scots finished with 328 points.

Logan Kempney was the highest finisher for the Boro men’s team as the junior finished 25th with a time of 26:30. Matt Link (27:00), Corey Wefing (27:25), Tim McConnell (27:41), and Jon Gusew (28:18) were other high finishers that contributed to the team total.

“It was more of a struggle for the men’s team,” Hammer said. “They faced some real stiff competition. It was the first big meet for some of the freshman and they will learn from it.”

Hammer also stated Kempney impressed him on Saturday morning.

“Logan did a great job running up front with Division I All-Americans,” Hammer said.

“He showed what he is capable of doing and he ran well with that front pack.”

According to Hammer, the men’s team will improve, but overall, especially with the women’s team, health is key for this season’s success.

“If everyone can stay healthy, this will be a magical season for Edinboro cross country. With the women only having nine runners on the roster, it matters a lot. I think they can really do great things this year.”

Both teams have a break from competition this week and are back in action next on Oct. 4 as they are competing in the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com