LINCOLN, R.I. – Competing with their full complement of runners for the first time this year, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's and women's cross country teams both took second place in eight-team fields Saturday at the Community College of Rhode Island Tri-State Open.
Placing three runners among the top eight, the men edged Johnson & Wales by four points for second place, recording 71 points. All five of the women's scoring runners crossed the finish line in the top ten and within 46 seconds in a field of 68 as team winner Salve Regina University (23 points) and Eastern (39) made the women's meet a two-team race (Johnson & Wales was third with 107 points).
In a field of 76 competitors over 8000 meters, junior Cooper Goslin (South Windsor) and senior captain Chris Armstrong (Bolton) placed 3-4 and junior Noah Hallisey (East Lyme) followed closely in eighth place for the Warriors. Goslin (29:00) and Armstrong (29:02) ran together throughout the race, with Hallisey (29:29) following closely.
After Salve Regina runners dominated the top four places in the women's race, Eastern grabbed six of the next eight spots – including the 7-through-10 positions, and put six runners ahead of Salve's fifth and final scorer.
The return of 2014 Little East Conference Rookie-of-the-Year Ariel Smith (Stratford) from injury bolstered the women's team, which was led by senior captain Mariah McPhee (Bristol). McPhee (21:13) was fifth overall, 2015 LEC Rookie-of-the-Year Samantha McKosky (Deep River) seventh, Smith eighth, junior Kassandrah Banks (Wethersfield) ninth, freshman Rachel Osak (Portland) tenth, and junior Amanda Terenzi (Coventry, RI) 12th.
McKosky (21:39), Smith 21:49, Banks 21:51, Osak 21:59, and Terenzi 22:02. 23 also came in within a span of 23 seconds.
The teams finish featured a considerable improvement from a year ago, when both Eastern teams finished fifth in field of 12 teams in this meet.
Eastern competes at the Connecticut College Invitational Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.