Hartford Cross Country Excels in Home Meet

The University of Hartford men's and women's cross-country teams competed this weekend in the first ever Hartford Hawks Riverfront Cross Country Invitational this weekend. The men's team finished first, while the women ended the day with a second place finish in their respective events. The event was the second this fall for the Hawks, who previously competed last weekend at the Trinity Invitational.

The men's team was led by sophomore Andrew Chalmers. In the 8,000 meter course, Chalmers competed with a personal best time of 26.20.6, which proved to be the first place finish. Also leading the Hawks were junior Jonas Hampton and sophomore Kevin Brandon. Hampton finished the 8,000 meter course with a second place and personal best time of 26.37.5, while Brandon finished in sixth place with a score of 27.12.7.

Also finishing in the top 10 for the race were Hartford runners Weston Melnik and Josh Hummel. They finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth place with respective times of 27.15.2 and 27.23.1.

The Hartford women finished in second place behind the University of Rhode Island and in front of third place Saint Joseph's College. The Hawks were led by senior star Arianna Bass, who finished fifth out of 30 runners in the 5k. Bass used a time of 20.07.1 to finish fifth for a second time this fall.

Hartford also saw strong performances turned in by the trio of Stefanie Lombardi, Kayla Koonz and Melanie Wilson who finished in seventh, eighth and ninth place. Lombardi had a time of 20.25.4, with Koonz right behind her at 20.36.7. Wilson clocked in seconds after at the 20.41.9 mark.

Rounding out the Hawks were 11th place finisher Kaycee Martinez with a time of 20.54.9, with Mihaylova and Erica Paulson finishing in 14th and 15th shortly after. Mihaylova finished with a time of 21.12.2 and Paulson at 21.17.9

The Hawks are now off for three weeks before heading to Boston, Mass. where they will compete in the New England Championships on Saturday, October 10 at Franklin Park. The CCSU Mini Meet at Central Connecticut will take place Oct. 24 before the Hawks turn their attention to the America East Championships in Vermont on Oct. 31.