Preview: Cross country sprints to Canisius Alumni Classic


Photo credit: Jordan Redinger

Logan Carney, Digital Content Director

BUFFALO — The Robert Morris women’s cross country team heads to Buffalo, N.Y. to participate in the Canisius Alumni Classic. A total of 12 teams will participate, with the women’s 5k starting at noon on Saturday.

The Colonials come into this event having finished in the bottom two of the leader board in two of their three events this year. They finished fifth place out of five teams in their first meet, Blast Furnace Open, then finished in ninth place out of 10 teams in their second meet, Tommy Evans Invitational.

Their last meet was on October 12 and was the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. In that meet, the team finished in ninth out of 15 teams. In the meet, the Colonials were paced by junior Martha Gardner. Garnder finished 13th in the event, which featured 133 harriers, and ran the 5k with a time of 19:52:01. Gardner wasn’t the only Colonial to finish top 30 though, as Tara Richardson ran a 20:26:55 finish 29th and to set a personal record.

The Canisius Alumni Classic will feature teams such as Buffalo and Niagra, in addition to the host Canisius. This is the seventh annual Canisius Alumni Classic and the sixth consecutive appearance for Robert Morris. Their highest finish was third place in 2014, that being said that year only had five schools participate.

This is the final meet for Robert Morris before the 2019 NEC Championships on November 2, in New Britain, Connecticut.