WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 23, 2006 - Springfield College sophomore Mike Griffin (Scarborough, Maine) finished 18th out of 109 total runners to pace the Pride to its sixth-place team finish out of 11 competing teams at this afternoon's Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College.
Griffin covered the 8k course in a time of 26:58 to lead SC, as the Pride compiled a total of 225 team points to capture sixth. New York University (NYU) took home the team title with just 46 points, as Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) finished right behind NYU with 47 total team points. Host Williams College finished third with 105, Dartmouth College came in fourth overall at 109, and Middlebury College rounded out the top five with a total of 125 points.
SC also had two more runners finish in the top 50 out of 109 runners, in senior Patrick Gann (Guiford, Conn) and sophomore T.J. Potenza (Cranston, R.I.). Gann was the second one in for the Pride, finishing 41st overall with a time of 27:53. Potenza was right behind Gann with a 47th-place finish and an even time of 28:00.
Other runners representing SC in the race were junior Jeff Bartlett (West Newbury, Mass.), who finished 58th overall with a time of 28:35, and senior Nate McMahan (Millis, Mass.), who finished 61st with a time of 28:40.
On the women's side, junior Alyssa Brigham (Penacook, N.H.) finished 22nd individually to lead the Pride to a fourth-place team finish out of seven competing squads at this afternoon's Purple Valley Classic.
Brigham completed the 6k course in a time of 24:12 to lead SC, as she has finished with team-best times in all three of the Pride's cross country meets to start the 2006 season.
Dartmouth College took home the women's team title, finishing with just 40 total points. Host Williams College finished third with 43 points, as Middlebury College rounded out the top three at 46.
Finishing in the top five for SC after Brigham was junior Jess Borsotti (Westfield, Mass.) with a time of 25:00, sophomore Lara Dalidowitz (Southington, Conn.) with a time of 25:43, first-year Emmaleen Lang (Woodstock, N.Y.) at 27:26, and freshman Deirdre Lapsley (Plymouth, Mass.) coming in just seven seconds behind Lang at 27:33.
The Pride women will next compete in the Keene State Invitational on Saturday, September 30th, in Keene, N.H. Both SC squads will then travel to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., to take part in the New England Championships on Saturday, October 7th.