Cross Country Competes At ECAC/IC4A Championship


Stephen Zucca led the pack for the Rams at the ECAC/IC4A Championship. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

It has been a long and grueling year for Fordham Cross Country. Each member of this season’s team has trained at a high level, and if nothing else the Oct. 14 results at the CAC/IC4A Championship serves as a testament to their overall work ethic on and off the track.

The men placed 10th in a field of 31 total teams. Other competing programs included Cornell University, Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University (who placed first in the team rankings). Junior Steven Zucca led the charge for the Rams, placing 21st in the 358 runner field. The Ohio product clocked in with a time of 24:41.4. Sophomore Nathan Bezuneh was the next Ram to finish the 8K course. He placed 53rd with a time of 25:22.5. Senior Colin Flood also impressed and placed 76th with a time of 25:41.5.

On the women’s side, Fordham placed 22nd in the team standings. Sophomore Caroline McDonagh was the top performer in maroon. She placed 86th in the 336 runner field, and boasted a time of 22:53.8. Fellow sophomore Madeleine Ryan was next to cross the finish line for Fordham. The Illinois native placed 112th with a time of 23:09.5. Senior Taylor Mascetta and Junior Marin Bogulski finished 136th and 137th with times of 23:22.8 and 23:22.9, respectively.

Cross country will look to build on their gritty performance on Oct. 29 at the Atlantic 10 Championship in Mechanicsville, Va.