Cross Country Competes In Atlantic 10 Championship


Both the men’s and women’s teams had solid performers in Virginia. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

On one of the final days of October, Fordham Cross Country valiantly competed in the Atlantic 10 Championship (A-10). The event took place all the way in Mechanicsville, Va.’s Pole Green Park and was the culmination of a packed season of A-10 action. Neither squad placed as one of the top five teams, but each boasted some standout performances.

The women’s section was ultimately won by Loyola University Chicago, and Fordham placed 13th in a field of 15 clubs. The Rams placed ahead of St. Bonaventure University and Virginia Commonwealth University after a 10th place at last year’s competition.

Sophomore Madeleine Ryan was the maroon’s top performer. She finished 47th and ran the 5K course in a time of 18:26.5. Senior Nathania Tan was the next Ram to finish. She placed 88th and clocked in at 19:08.0. Junior Marin Bogulski, sophomore Caroline McDonagh and senior Taylor Mascetta placed 97th, 102nd and 104th respectively.

The men’s section was also won by Loyola Chicago. Fordham’s group placed 8th in a field of 15 units on the 8K course, ahead of schools like the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island. Junior Steven Zucca was a top 20 finisher. He took home 18th place thanks to a time of 24:41.6. Senior Colin Flood placed 40th with a mark of 25:19.2, and sophomore Nathan Bezuneh grabbed 56th with a time of 25:34.4.

Cross Country will wrap up their season on Friday, Nov. 11 when they compete in the NCAA Northeast Regional at the familiar confines of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.