JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – The Villanova women claimed their 13th BIG EAST cross country title, while the Syracuse men won their second straight at the 2010 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships in Jamesville, N.Y., on Saturday hosted by Syracuse. The victory was the third straight for the Wildcats, becoming the first team to win three consecutive BIG EAST titles since Providence from 1995-1997. Syracuse became the first team on the men’s side to claim back-to-back titles since Notre Dame in 2004 and 2005.
The Wildcats were led by junior Sheila Reid, who won her second straight individual BIG EAST title, crossing the line in 20:31.9. Reid was followed closely by teammate senior Amanda Marino, who took second in 20:35.2. Villanova had all five of its runners place in the top 11, including senior Ali Smith in fifth with a time of 20:55.4 and junior Bogdana Mimic who finished seventh in 21:05.8. The Wildcats finished with a team total of 26 points.
Georgetown took second on the women’s side, finishing 16 points behind Villanova with 42. Junior Emily Infeld led the Hoyas in third place with a time of 20:42.7, as Georgetown placed three runners in the top 10. Sophomore Emily Jones place sixth with a time of 20:56.8 and freshman Madeline Chambers took eighth with a time of 21:10.3. Syracuse followed Georgetown in third with 79 points, while Providence finished fourth with 90 points and West Virginia rounded out the top five with 149 points.
Syracuse won its second consecutive BIG EAST title by placing five runners in the top 25 including three in the top 10. Junior Pat Dupont was the top finisher for the Orange, placing fourth with a time of 25:15.5 on the 8k course. Sophomore Forrest Misenti took sixth in 25:19.9 and junior Steve Weeks finished 10th in 25:25.8. The Orange finished with 59 points, four points ahead of second place Louisville.
Louisville finished second for the men with 63 points. Senior Michael Eaton led the charge in second-place, crossing the line in 25:05.4. Junior Matt Hughes also finished in the top 10 with a time of 25:25.3 to take ninth. Providence followed Louisville in third place with 84 points. The Friars boasted men’s individual champion in junior Lee Carey. Carey navigated the course in 24:56.8 to win his first career BIG EAST crown. DePaul junior Matthew Graham, three- time BIG EAST cross country Athlete of the Week placed third with a time of 25:08.1.