Central Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut cross country opened the season at the Marist Invitational Saturday flexing its strength in the program across both the men’s and women’s races.
The CCSU men dominated the meet, scoring a meet low of 35 points. The CCSU women, despite placing third out of six competing teams with 71 points, had the first-place individual champion in Angie Rafter. UConn’s women’s team won the match outright with 31 team points. The Husky men did not race.
The Blue Devil men saw its top-five scoring runners place in the top-10 of the meet. Leading the way for the program was Eddie Nicholas, who placed fourth in a time of 19:05.7. He was 4.5 seconds off the leader, Nick Hunziker of Iona.
Colin Caso was sixth at 109:09.1, leading teammates Jake Ireland (19:11.7) and James Sullivan (19.16.4) who followed behind in the seventh and eighth, respectively.
In 10th was Yankarlos Diaz at 19:19.4. The next Blue Devil across the line was Sean Oushana at 20:21.2 in 36th.
In the women’s race, Rafter clocked a time of 18:17.7 to lead UConn’s Monica Strain by nine seconds. CCSU’s next best runner was Brookie Morabito at 18:51.7.
Ashley Dana (13 th overall, 19.16.1), Juliana Cancellieri (29th, 20:09.3), Maggie Loschiavo (32nd, 20:15.9) rounded out the scoring runners for the Blue Devils.
Both the men and women’s teams for Central will have a layoff before hosting the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 25.