Nov. 1, 2008

WESTFIELD, MA - Sophomore Patrick Day (Quincy, MA) placed 57th overall with a time of 28:21, while junior Joy Risko (Bristol, RI) finished 78th overall with a time of 23:23, to lead the University of Massachusetts Boston men's and women's cross country teams today at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championship at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA, hosted by Westfield State College.

Day's time was his best of the season and good for 35th among Little East Conference competitors as the men's squad finished 11th overall with 307 points in the New England Alliance meet and sixth for LEC schools with 162 points. Risko earned a 39th place finish for the Little East with her best time of the year and helped the Beacons to an 11th-place showing in the Alliance with 339 points and a sixth-place effort for LEC schools with 183 points. Jasud Tyler of University of Southern Maine was the overall winner in the men's eight-kilometer race with a time of 25:41, while Keene State College took the team event among both alliance schools and LEC institutions with 32 and 27 points, respectively. Westfield State's Kerry Arouca won the overall title on the women's side with a mark of 18:27 on the five-kilometer course, while Rita Marcotte of Keene State led all Little East runners with a time of 18:34. Keene State's women took the team title in both the alliance and LEC meets with 25 and 18 points, respectively.

Junior Vivian Nassali (Watertown, MA) turned in a 42nd place finish among LEC runners and 84th overall with a season-best mark of 23:46 for UMB's women, while sophomore Carmalina Rowe (Paxton, MA) crossed the finish with a personal season-record time of 25:18 to place 49th for the LEC and 99th overall. Sophomore Michelle Gildea (Dorchester, MA) clocked in at 30:09 to take 51st place for LEC runners and was 114th overall, while freshman Cherie Lavin (Falmouth, MA) placed 52nd for LEC competitors with a time of 30:32 and placed 115th overall. Junior Oanh Nguyen (Brighton, MA) posted her best time of the season with a 30:37 showing to come in at 53rd place for the LEC and 116th overall.

Junior Mitchell Haley (Dorchester, MA) placed 51st among LEC runners for the Beacons in the men's race with a mark of 28:39 and was 94th overall, while sophomore Craig Myers (Weymouth, MA) time of 30:06 put him 54th in the LEC and 88th overall. Sophomore John Merriman (Washougal, WA) improved his time for the fifth straight meet to 30:16 to finish 56th for LEC runners and 97th overall and junior Ryan Norton (Walpole, MA) posted a time of 30:44 to come in at 63rd place among LEC competitors and 108th overall to round out the scoring. Sophomore Filipe Zamborlini (Minas Gerais, Brazil) registered his best time of the season as well, clocking in at 30:58 to place 65th among LEC runners and 112th overall.

The Beacons will run again on Saturday, November 8 when they compete at the ECAC Championship at 11:00 a.m.