Oct. 16, 2009

BOSTON, MA - Junior Patrick Day (Quincy, MA) led the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's cross country teams today with a 37th-place finish at the Emmanuel College Saints Invitational at historic Franklin Park in Dorchester, MA.

Day clocked in at 28:39 to lead the Beacons' men's squad to a 12th-place showing with 292 points. Greg Redfield dominated the field as the top overall finisher in the eight-kilometer run for Johnson and Wales University with a time of 26:02, while MIT took home the team trophy with 20 points.

Sophomore Nyadenya Inyagwa (Boston, MA/Belmont Hill School) posted his best time of the season with a mark of 29:22 to finish in 50th place, while junior Mitchell Haley (Dorchester, MA) registered his second best reading for the year with a time of 31:01 to capture 77th place. Not far behind him was sophomore Francisco Reyes (Lynn, MA), who lowered his personal season-best time of the year by 41 seconds to finish with a time of 30:36 in 92nd place. Junior Carlos Sanchez (Springfield, MA) bettered his best time of the year by 58 seconds to finish 113th with a time of 34:42 and junior Alex Hoang (Boston, MA/Josiah Quincy Upper School) rounded out the pack of UMass Boston runners with a time of 44:28 and a 150th-place finish.

Freshman Jacqui Brown (Lowell, MA) was the top finisher for the Beacons' women, coming in at 22:26 to place 40th in the five-kilometer run. Katherine Eve of MIT took the top spot on the women's side with a mark of 18:50 and led MIT to the team title with 15 points. UMass Boston finished in 13th place as a team with a score of 381 points.

Senior Joy Risko (Bristol, RI) improved her last race time by 50 seconds, coming in at 23:28 to place 67th overall, while sophomore Cherie Lavin (Falmouth, MA) bettered her last year's time by four minutes and 41 seconds to cross the line with a time of 23:40 for 70th place. Junior Celia LeClerc (Reville, France) and senior Oanh Nguyen (Brighton, MA) both posted their second-fastest races of the season to help pace the Beacons. LeClerc came in at 25:53 for a 103rd-place finish while Nguyen crossed the tape with a 28:54 mark, good for 123rd place.

UMass Boston will run again on Saturday, October 31 when it travels to Keene, NH to compete in the New England Alliance/ Little East Conference Championships at 10:00 a.m.