PRINCETON, NJ – The State University of New York, Buffalo cross country teams competed Saturday at the Princeton Invitational and the Canisius Alumni Classic. The Bulls top seven raced to a 15th-place finish out of 37 teams in the men's championship race at Princeton, while the women placed 13th out of 35 squads.
Junior Brian Crimmins paced the men's squad with a 25:06 finish on the eight-kilometer course. He placed 49th out of 301 runners. Sophomore Alec Peinkofer ran 65th and freshman Andrew Berge 66th, both clocking in at 25:18. Freshman Justin Van Epps raced to a 108th-place finish in 25:40 and junior Derek Palafox crossed the finish line in 25:58 good for 141st place. Junior Austin Coneys and sophomore Barrett Kemp ran sixth and seventh, respectively for the Bulls with times of 26:21 and 26:32. Coneys finished 180th and Kemp 196th.
Sophomores led the way for the Bulls in the women's 6K championship race. Corinne Birchard placed 44th in a field of 278 runners. She finished in 22:34, while classmate Amy Shaw followed in 22:55 and senior Chrissy Clarkin in 22:58. Shaw placed 67th and Clarkin 77th. Seniors Gabby Leo and Maggie Russell were the final two in scoring position for UB. Leo clocked in at 23:22 to place 111th and Russell had a 23:25 performance to finish 115th. Freshmen Morgan Mahoney and Sydney Bova placed 136th and 183rd respectively for the Bulls, with Mahoney finishing in 23:36 and Bova in 24:08.
Taking a week off from competition, the Bulls return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the 2014 MAC Championships hosted by Central Michigan.