Rochester, N.Y. – Roberts Wesleyan's men's and women's teams clinched a three-peat in front of the home crowd in Rochester, N.Y., at the East Coast Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday morning.
In the men's race, Roberts Wesleyan dominated, earning 16 points, while runner-up, St. Thomas Aquinas, had 66. The Redhawks had seven All-Conference runners, including Keith Pease, who crossed the line in first place in a time of 25:57.4 to earn the ECC Runner of the Year award.
Roberts also had five of the first six runners to cross the finish line, with Matthew Watson (second - 26:01.9), Aaron Bellomo (third - 26:02.1), Josiah Ottolini (fourth - 26:19.5), and Christopher Sims (sixth - 26:25.6) all earning First Team All-Conference honors. Ottolini also took home Rookie of the Year honors as the first freshman across the finish line on the day.
Anthony Casullo (eighth - 26:38.3) and Justin Shaffer (13th - 27:18.7) wrapped up Roberts Wesleyan's All-Conference honorees with Second Team selections.
The women's race was tighter than the men's but was still a comfortable win for the Redhawks. In a race that saw the top-five teams finish in the same order as the 2015 Championship, Roberts Wesleyan defeated runner-up, Daemen, by a 31-48 margin. St. Thomas Aquinas rounded out the top three with 82 points.
Elizabeth Valento was the Redhawks' top finisher for the second straight year with a second consecutive third place finish in a time of 18:21.8. Valento was joined on the First Team by teammates Rachel Hutchinson (fifth - 18:34.9) and Emily Betts (18:43.3).
Roberts Wesleyan had five All-Conference runners in total, with Megha Singh (eighth - 19:08.0) and Makenzie Widder (ninth - 19:11.5) earning spots on the Second Team. Singh was the first freshman to finish the race, also earning her Rookie of the Year honors.
Roberts Wesleyan's Co-Head Coaches Andrew and Jennifer Dorr, were named the Men's and Women's ECC Coaches of the Year after leading the Redhawks to a first place finish in each race. This is the fourth consecutive year the pair has won the honor for both genders and the fifth straight year in the women's race.
Talya Williams of LIU Post earned the ECC Runner of the Year honors for the second time in her career. She led all finishers in covering the 5K course in 17:42.7, 27 seconds faster than the runner-up. Williams also won the honor at the 2014 Championship, which was also on Roberts Wesleyan's course.
Men's Team Results
|1. Roberts Wesleyan||16|
|2. St. Thomas Aquinas||66|
|6. LIU Post||128|
Men's Cross Country All-Conference First Team
Keith Pease, Roberts Wesleyan (25:57.4)
Matthew Watson, Roberts Wesleyan (26:01.9)
Aaron Bellomo, Roberts Wesleyan (26:02.1)
Josiah Ottolinni, Roberts Wesleyan (26:19.5)
Kevin Roginson, Daemen (26:21.5)
Christopher Sims, Roberts Wesleyan (26:25.6)
Robert Guidicipietro, St. Thomas Aquinas (26:34.7)
Men's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team
Anthony Casullo, Roberts Wesleyan (26:38.3)
Jonathan Gay, St. Thomas Aquinas (26:51.9)
Brian Michels, Molloy (26:59.2)
Jeffrey Reyes, LIU Post (27:00.9)
Tom Ruppel, NYIT (27:05.4)
Justin Shaffer, Roberts Wesleyan (27:18.7)
Ryan Gioe, LIU Post (27:28.6)
Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year - Keith Pease, Roberts Wesleyan
Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year - Josiah Ottolini, Roberts Wesleyan
Men's Cross Country Coaches of the Year - Andrew and Jennifer Dorr, Roberts Wesleyan
Women's Team Results
|1. Roberts Wesleyan||31|
|3. St. Thomas Aquinas
|4. LIU Post||108|
|9. Dist. Columbia||239|
Women's Cross Country All-Conference First Team
Talya Williams, LIU Post (17:42.7)
Mackenzie Donahue, Daemen (18.09.8)
Elizabeth Valento, Roberts Wesleyan (18:21.8)
Meaghan Ventarola, St. Thomas Aquinas (18:32.3)
Rachel Hutchinson, Roberts Wesleyan (18:34.9)
Emily Betts, Roberts Wesleyan (18:43.3)
Amy Trabert, Daemen (18:49.7)
Women's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team
Megha Singh, Roberts Wesleyan (19:08.0)
Makenzie Widder, Roberts Wesleyan (19:11.5)
Hannah Rice, Daemen (19:16.2)
Aida Torpey, St. Thomas Aquinas (19:16.9)
Irene Chepleting, NYIT (19:20.5)
Ashlin Conroy, LIU Post (19:25.8)
Ashley Cheff, Daemen (19:35.8)
Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year - Talya Williams, LIU Post
Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Year - Megha Singh, Roberts Wesleyan
Women's Cross Country Coaches of the Year - Andrew and Jennifer Dorr, Roberts Wesleyan