Rochester, N.Y. - For the fifth year in a row, Roberts Wesleyan's men's and women's teams claimed the East Coast Conference Cross Country Championships.
The Redhawks dominated the women's race with their top five finishers crossing first to claim the first 15 points to secure their fifth straight ECC title. Ashley Watson led the pack with a time of 19:02.3 to earn ECC Runner of the Year honors. Teammates Brittany Shumway, Gostomski twins, Abigail and Bailey and Michaela Bierly rounding out the top five. Abigail Gostomski nabbed Rookie of the Year honors, narrowly besting her sister with a time of 19:18.4.
Roberts Wesleyan had the first eight finishers, with Irene Chepteling of NYIT and Rebecca MacLeod of St. Thomas Aquinas rounding out the top ten.
St. Thomas Aquinas claimed a second place finish with a total of 66 points and LIU Post took third place with 104 points.
Junior nursing major and ECC First Teamer, Moriah Martone earned the Elite 19 award which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA. Martone holds a 4.0 at Roberts.
With a total of 21 points on the day, the Roberts Men's team had their top five place second through fifth and seventh to once again claim their respective title. Junior Redhawk, Christopher Sims grabbed a second place finish with a time of 26:08.2 to lead the team, followed by Josiah Ottolini, Shane Pease, Nathan Cannon and Anthony Casullo who all earned team points for Roberts. Pease was the top freshman finisher, crossing the line in 26:20.9 to earn Rookie of the Year honors.
NYIT's Noah Simatei claimed the ECC Runner of the Year title with a pace of 5:12, finishing the men's 8K race, leading all runners with a time of 25:48.9. Aidan Russell of St. Thomas Aquinas along with Redhawks' Anthony Casullo, James Betts and Tyler Lipina and Daemen Wildcat Michael Swiniarski rounded out the top 10.
St. Thomas Aquinas also took second on the men's side, finishing with 64 points and Molloy placed third with 105 points.
Sophomore biochemistry major Tyler Lipina earned the Elite 19 award which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest GPA. Lipina holds a 4.0 at Roberts.
Roberts Wesleyan's Head Coaches Andrew Dorr, was named the Men's and Women's ECC Coach of the Year after leading the Redhawks to a first place finish in each race. This is the sixth consecutive year he has won the honor for both genders and the seventh straight year in the women's race.
Women's Team Results
1. Roberts Wesleyan
2. St. Thomas Aquinas
Women's Cross Country All-Conference First Team
Ashley Watson, Roberts Wesleyan-19:02.3
Brittany Shumway, Roberts Wesleyan-19:05.6
Abigail Gostomski, Roberts Wesleyan-19:18.4
Bailey Gostomski, Roberts Wesleyan-19:18.7
Michaela Bierly, Roberts Wesleyan-19:20.5
Erin Graham, Roberts Wesleyan-19:21.8
Moriah Martone, Roberts Wesleyan-19:25.3
Women's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team
Katie Bellomo, Roberts Wesleyan-19:56.2
Irene Chepteling, NYIT-20:00.4
Rebecca MacLeod, St. Thomas Aquinas-20:04.1
Aida Torpey, St. Thomas Aquinas-20:06.2
Margaret McKeever, LIU Post-20:06.8
Tiffany Adames, Roberts Wesleyan-20:11.6
Laura Herbes, St. Thomas Aquinas-20:15.1
Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year – Ashley Watson, Roberts Wesleyan
Women's Cross Country Rookie of the Year – Abigail Gostomski, Roberts Wesleyan
Women's Corss Country Coach of the Year – Andrew Dorr, Roberts Wesleyn
Men's Team Results
1. Roberts Wesleyan
2. St. Thomas Aquinas
3. Molloy College
6. LIU Post
Men's Cross Country All-Conference First Team
Noah Simatei, NYIT-25:48.9
Christopher Sims, Roberts Wesleyan-26:08.2
Josiah Ottolini, Roberts Wesleyan-26:19.0
Shane Pease, Roberts Wesleyan-26:20.9
Nathan Cannon, Roberts Wesleyan-26:21.7
Aidan Russell, St. Thomas Aquinas-26:26.3
Anthony Casullo, Roberts Wesleyan-26:34.3
Men's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team
James Betts, Roberts Wesleyan-26:45.6
Michael Swiniarski, Daemen-26:48.2
Tyler Lipina, Roberts Wesleyan-26:53.8
Benjamin Matz, Roberts Wesleyan-26:57.5
Connor Demo, Roberts Wesleyan-26:59.5
Bryan Forino, Roberts Wesleyan-27:09.8
Brian Michels, Molloy-27:11.8
Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year – Noah Simatei, NYIT
Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Year – Shane Pease, Roberts Wesleyan
Men's Corss Country Coach of the Year – Andrew Dorr, Roberts Wesleyn