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2022 Patriot League Men’s Cross Country Championship Preview – Patriot League Official Athletic Site | Gmx Pharm

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania— The 2022 Patriot League women’s cross-country season began Friday, September 2, as multiple league institutions competed in their inaugural competition.

Lehigh hosted the Lehigh Invitational, marking their first meeting, while Loyola, Lafayette and American traveled to Bucknell for their first meeting. Boston University traveled to the Suffolk Short Course Classic and Army traveled to Maine to open their season. Colgate and Navy opened their season on Saturday September 3, with Colgate at home and Navy traveling to the Salisbury Fall Classic

In anticipation of the upcoming season, the Patriot League asked each institution’s cross country head coaches to share their expectations for their men’s team for the year.

The 2022 Cross Country Championships will take place on Saturday 28th Octoberth at Bucknell University.

American eagles

Head Coach: Sean Graham (6th Season)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 8/6
All-League Returnees: None

Coach Sean Graham on the Eagles…
“This is an exciting year for our men’s team; Russell Sullivan will of course be a contender near the top. This year, however, they will have a roster of teammates coming from breakout track seasons, including Tucker Zullo, Oscar Counsell, Ethan Puc and Nate Reeves. On top of that, the squad has a very talented junior class that will play a role straight away.”

ARMY WEST POINT BLACK KNIGHTS

Head Coach: Mike Smith (Season 7)
Postmen returning/lost: 18/3
All-League Returnees: Matthew Porter (2021 Sophomore Team), Thomas Vo (2021 Sophomore Team)

Head of Athletics/Cross Country Mike Smith on the Black Knights…

“We’re giving back a lot of our depth from last year but losing one of the most dominant runners in Army cross-country history in Marshall Beatty. We’ve always been strong in the Patriot League and I would expect us to be very competitive again this season. Garrett Gough has had a very good outdoor track season and is now showing good fitness as we prepare for the start of the season. I expect him to lead us and he will pose a threat to achieve high completion at each meeting of our schedule. Behind him we rely on Thomas Vo, Matt Porter, Erick Lara and Mitchel Burr. These guys have a lot of experience and we expect them to fill the top 5.”

Boston University Terriers

Head Coach: Jordan Carpenter (Season 2)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 7/0
All-League Returnees: Matt Mason (2021 Sophomore Team), Marcel Aubry (2021 Sophomore Team), Kevin Murphy (2021 Sophomore Team)

Trainer Jordan Carpenter on the Terriers…

“As we seek to build a historic spring season and establish ourselves as one of the premier cross-country programs in the Northeast, we believe both teams will be able to contend for Patriot League titles.

On the men’s side, we’re bringing back four All-Patriot League cross-country runners starting in 2021 (Matt Mason, Marcel Aubry, Kevin Murphy and Foster Malleck) and have some game-changing personalities joining the program who we believe will will enable the terriers to compete for our first Patriot League title in program history.”

Head of Cross Country/Track and Field Gabe Sanders…

“As we graduate two of the most dynamic runners in BU history, Andrea Claeson and Corinne Batsu, we’re bringing back nearly our entire roster that fell just five points short of a Patriot League title, as well as a men’s roster that broke our entire top 7 returns. In addition, we’ve also added one of the best and deepest distance classes for women and men in years. This mix of experienced leadership and rising talented youth will be an explosive combination for this season and years to come.”

BUCKNELL BISON

Head Coach: Kevin Donner (22nd Season)
Letter winners returning/lost: 15
All-League Returnees: None

Coach Donner about the bison…
“Based on spring and our returning runners, this could be our best men’s team in the last 5-6 years. Being healthy will be key to our success, and our men will have to take care of all the little details needed to stay relatively healthy. I think the guys are hungry and excited to train and race at a much higher level than they have in the last 2-3 years.”

COLGATE RAIDERS

Head Coach: Harlis Meaders (Season 3)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 7/3
All-League Returnees: None

Coach Meaders on the Raiders…

“The men’s side are trying to give back the majority of their goalscoring record and they are being joined by ten newcomers to bolster the squad. We are excited to see which direction the program will take.”

HOLY CRUSADER

Head Coach: Stephanie Reilly (Season 1)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 5/4
All-League Returnees: None

Coach Reilly on the Crusaders…

“The men’s cross-country team is led by a group of four seniors, including Liam Christman, who finished last year’s Patriot League Championship. We’re also looking forward to seeing the impact Sam Baker and Will Schimitsch will have on the team after a year of experience . Our goal as a team is to be ready for the Patriot League Championship in October.”

LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS

Head Coach: Michelle Curcio (Season 9)
Letter winners returning/lost: 5/8
Allliga returnee: Robert Oehrlein (second team 2021)

Coach Michelle Curcio on the Leopards…

“We expect Bobby Oehrlein to be in contention for the first-team All-League honors, followed by a mix of upperclass and first-graders. Emil Arangala and AJ Sanford have gained valuable experience over the past year and we expect great improvements from them. We have a talented group of first years, but it will take them a while to get used to the college cross country and 5k experience. Staying healthy will be key.”

LEHIGH MOUTAIN HAWKS

Head Coach: Todd Etters (Season 15)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 5/3
All-League Returnees: None

Coach Etters on the Mountain Hawks…

“We have a very experienced senior class leading our team and expectations are high. The depth and talent of teams in the Patriot League are at historic levels. It’s fun to be a part of and we look forward to seeing how we measure up to the best.”

LOYOLA MARYLAND GREYHOUNDS

Head Coach: Amy Horst (8th Season)
Postmen returning/lost: 13/1
All-League Returnees: None

Head Coach Amy Horst on the Greyhounds…

“We return with a great group of our team from 2021 when we had our best season in program history. The men have worked consistently throughout Spring following the highlights of Cross Country 2021 and we look forward to taking on new challenges this year and adding the IC4A Cross Country Championship ahead of the League Championship which we believe for the first time is .”

Navy Midshipmen

Head Coach: Aaron Lanzel (5th Season)
Letter Winners Returning/Losing: 5/4
All-League Returnees: Brett Brady (2021 First-Team), Sam Keeny (2021 First-Team), Garrison Clark (2021 First-Team)

Head Coach Aaron Lanzel on the Midshipmen…

“We expect all conference attendees to reset their pieces on the chessboard and plan a new year with new plans and some improved skills. We’ve passed some great competitors, and thankfully their gross influence is thriving in those embracing the 2022 Navy Cross Country Team identity. Brett (Brady), Alex (Rizzo) and Garrison (Clark) aim to make a lasting impression in their senior campaign and career for the Navy. Sam (Keeny) has improved tremendously this year with no sign of slowing down, and it’s exciting to see which young runners will deliver the biggest punch to their newfound fitness. Surely Murphy Smith stood on the cusp as a freshman last year. They run to win, knowing that this year is a clean slate for everyone and nothing can be taken for granted.”

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE

As the Patriot League enters its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, it continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a comprehensive education.

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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