September 20, 2013
Cross country finishes first in invitationalThe weather may be cooling down in Selinsgrove, but things are just starting to heat up for the men's cross country team. The Crusaders earned a first-place finish at the Elizabethtown Blue Jay Alumni Challenge Saturday.
Susquehanna (93) finished 39 points ahead of the second- place Elizabethtown Blue Jays (54). The team put together a strong and well-balanced effort on the 6-kilometer course. Out of the 73 runners that participated in the event, seven Crusader runners finished within the top 15.
The strong team performance is a step in the right direction for the hungry and ambitious squad. The Crusaders believe that this is just the beginning of an exciting and successful season, according to senior Sal D'Angelo.
"It's another step of our path this year," D'Angelo said. "We did what needed to get done. Everyone on the team is hungry for the championship, for regionals, even nationals. We now know we have the talent. The rest of the season is going to be us living up to our potential. We have massive potential, and we are never going to stop moving forward. That is what makes us special."
Leading the Crusaders with a third-place finish was junior Alex Price (20:04.97). Sophomore Colin Eberhardt finished one spot behind him with a time of 20:09.16.
Sophomore John Crowe (20:12.22), D'Angelo (20:17.83) and junior Paul Crowe (20:23.41) rounded out the top five finishers for the orange and maroon.
In accordance with the team motto, "Don't let up!", the team has refused to rest on its laurels. Instead, it has quickly shifted its focused to the next task at hand.
"While the win was nice, we aren't thinking too much about it," Eberhardt said. "We are staying focused on working hard at practice and racing hard every weekend."
The Crusaders will look to put forth their next winning performance Saturday when they visit Lock Haven .
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