Oct. 17, 2008

BOSTON, MA - Sophomore Patrick Day (Quincy, MA) led the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's cross country teams today with a 20th-place finish in the Emmanuel College Saints Invitational at history Franklin Park in Dorchester, MA.

Day clocked in at 29:03 to lead the UMB men's squad to a fifth-place showing with 151 points. Forest Wilber dominated the field as the top overall finisher in the eight-kilometer run for Worcester State College with a time of 26:04, while Johnson & Wales University (RI) took home the team trophy with 49 points.

Sophomore Craig Myers (Weymouth, MA) posted his best time of the season with a mark of 29:35 to finish in 32nd place, while senior Ryan Norton (Walpole, MA) also registered his top reading for the year with a time of 30:21 to capture 40th-place. Right behind him were sophomore John Merriman (Washougal, WA), who lowered his personal-record for the fourth straight week, topping his best time of the year by a minute and 40 seconds to finish with a time of 30:36 in 41st-place and was matched by teammate Mitchell Haley (Dorchester, MA) with a time of 30:36. Sophomore Filipe Zamborlini (Minas Gerais, Brazil) bettered his best time of the year by two seconds, despite coming off an injury, but managed to finish 48th with a time of 31:20. Junior Fabien Richard (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and senior Michael Murphy (Worcester, MA) raced each other to the finish with Richard placing 55th with a time of 31:49 and Murphy right behind at 31:51. Freshman Francisco Reyes (Lynn, MA) posted his best time of the season by almost a minute, crossing the finish at 32:52 to finish 65th, while sophomore Jeff Smith (Worcester, MA) rounded out the men with a time of 34:07 to finish 72nd.

Junior Joy Risko (Bristol, RI) was the top finisher for UMass Boston's women, coming in at 23:58 to place 59th in the five-kilometer run. Lauren Reddy of Wheaton College took the top spot on the women's side with a mark of 19:03 and led Wheaton to the team title with 25 points. The Beacons finished in 12th place as a team with a score of 335 points.

Junior Vivian Nassali (Watertown, MA) smashed her personal-best on the season with a time of 25:18, while freshman Cherie Lavin (Falmouth, MA) crossed the line with a time of 28:21 to place 96th. Sophomore Michelle Gildea (Dorchester, MA) wasn't far behind, coming in at 98th place with a time of 29:01 and junior Oanh Nguyen (Brighton, MA) crossed the line at 33:13 to take 107th place. Senior Tory Fahey (Milton, MA) was right with her, placing 108th with a mark of 34:03. Sophomore Tunisia Mambala (Los Angeles, CA) made her season-debut with a finish of 110th, while coming in just four seconds after Fahey.

UMass Boston will run again on Saturday, November 1 when they travel to Westfield, MA to compete in the New England Alliance/ Little East Conference Championships at 11:00 a.m.