More than 50 teams will compete in the 43rd annual University at Albany Cross Country Invitational this morning at University Campus Course.
The women’s Gold 5k race begins at 9 a.m., followed b the men’s Purple 5k race at 9:35 a.m. The Bobbi Palma Women’s Championship 5k race is set for 10:05 a.m., with the R.K. Munsey Men’s Championship 8k race at 10:40 a.m.
This year’s field includes at least 27 men’s teams and 26 women’s teams encompassing all three NCAA divisions. Harvard’s men’s and women’s teams are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, in the latest United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Northeast Region poll. Other top-15 programs include Massachusetts, Binghamton and Marist. Among the top Division II and Division II programs are New York Institute of Technology, Middlebury, Plattsburgh State and RIT.
The UAlbany men’s team, which is coming off a fourth-place finish behind three nationally ranked schools at George Mason, has only one upperclassman in the program’s top 10 runners. Freshman Alex Leuchanka of Shenendehowa, the 2008 New York cross country Federation champion, has finished first for the Great Danes in all three meets this season. He won his first collegiate race at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off, leading UAlbany to the team title for the second straight year.
Rounding out the top seven for the UAlbany men are redshirt freshman Paul Lagno, freshman Sean Halpin, freshman Craig Weiss (Shaker), junior David Rothman, sophomore Jack Kelley, redshirt freshman Ethan Clary (Schuylerville) and Chris Manico (Shaker).
The UAlbany women’s team has also relied on its underclassmen this fall and will field the youngest squad at the America East Conference Cross Country Championship in two weeks.
Sophomore Ada Lauterbach (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), who was honored as the America East performer of the week earlier this month, has paced the Danes so far. She became the fifth straight Great Dane to win the Monmouth XC Kick-Off and has finished first on the team at every meet this fall.
Completing the squad are Ally Panos and Jenn Pierson, a pair of juniors, and four freshmen, led by Miranda McConnell, who was second on the squad behind Lauterbach at the last two meets.
u The College of Saint Rose women’s soccer team remains second in the nation in the NSCAA/Adidas Division II national poll.
u On Tuesday, the women’s volleyball teams from The Sage Colleges and Union College will be going Passionately Pink for the Cure to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. The teams will play at 7 p.m. at the Neff Athletic Center.
Wide receiver Justin Gallo of Lansingburgh was named to the D3Football.com national team of the week, and received both the ECAC Div. III Northwest offensive player of the week and Liberty League co-offensive Performer of the Week awards. Gallo broke a nearly 42 year old school record for receiving yards in a game with 246 in Union’s 31-21 Liberty League win over Hobart. He had eight catches and three touchdowns, with scores of 76, 70 and 41 yards and broke the record of 237 set by Craig Carlson, also against Hobart, on October 28, 1967.
Linebacker Steve Modliszewski was named the Liberty League defensive performer of the week. Modliszewski posted a career and game high 15 tackles in Union’s 31-21 home league win over Hobart. He had five solo and 10 assisted tackles as the Dutchmen remained the only undefeated team in the league at 3-0.
Veronica Mynders of Greenville was named the Liberty League volleyball co-performer of the week. Mynders was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 Interleague Challenge hosted by Union. In four Dutchwomen matches, all victories, Mynders had 94 digs, four service aces, and averaged 5.2 digs per game and 23.5 per match. She had 34 digs vs. Lasell and 24 vs. Ithaca.
Women’s soccer player Katie Weinstein was the Liberty League co-offensive performer of the week. She led Union with eight points in three games last weekend. She registered two assists in Union’s 8-0 win against Hartwick and then assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win against RPI. On Saturday, she netted two goals and posted an assist in a 4-0 win against Vassar.
Sophomore Brian Kelly (Hudson Falls) was named the North Eastern Athletic Conference male cross country student-athlete of the week after finishing 16th out of 170 runners at the Hamilton College Invitational. He traversed the 8,000-meter course in 27:45.3.
Defensive back Jalon Scott (Albany High School) was named to the D3Football.com national team of the week after making nine tackles in a 17-14 win over Rochester. He was also named the Liberty League rookie of the week.
Junior Danika Robinson and senior Lauren Dinsdale were named the Liberty League co-performers of the week, and freshman Nataly Mendoza was named the co-rookie of the week in tennis. Robinson and Mendoza reached the main draw of the Middlebury Doubles Tournament, and Dinsdale led the Thoroughbreds to a 3-1 record at the Interleague Challenge at Union.
Sophomore Kiana Stansky wsa named the Liberty League co-offensive player of the week in women’s soccer. She scored a goal in two games, including the game-winner over Vassar.
Freshman Molly Gile was the Liberty League co-rookie of the week in field hockey after scoring her first collegiate goal in a 4-1 win over Hamilton.
Sophomore midfielder Kimberly Morton was named the Northeast-10 Conference women’s soccer co-player of the week after scoring both game-winners against Assumption and Franklin Pierce.
Justin Gannon was named the Northeast Conference co-special teams player of the Week after the Great Danes defeated Duquesne, 55-10. Gannon scored on a 78-yard punt return.
Brooke Stanley was named the America East Conference volleyball setter of the week for the second straight week after recording her second straight double-double. She posted 28 assists and a team-high 10 digs in a 3-0 sweep of Hartwick and also moved into second placed on the Great Danes’ career assist list with 3,262.
Grace Tilton was named the Liberty League rookie of the week in cross country.