The Hiram College cross country teams began the season at the annual Fisher Invitational hosted by Westminster (Pa.) College in New Wilmington, Pa. The Terrier men placed seventh and the women were ninth.
The Hiram men finished with 171 points to place seventh of seven teams. Host school Westminster captured the event with 51 points and was followed by Penn State-Altoona (Pa.) in second with 56 points. Franciscan University rounded out the top three teams with 73 points.
Senior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) led the Hiram men individually with a time of 30:35.6 and placed 13th overall out of 57 total runners. Freshman Anthony Kerrigan(Brooklyn, N.Y./Millenium) was second on the team with a mark of 33:09.8 and junior Ricky Szasz (Middlefield/Cardinal) was the third Terrier to cross the finish line in a time of 38:38.3. Senior Anthony Franklin (Newbury) had the fourth fastest time at 39:58.4 and freshman Duane Madison (Los Angeles, Calif./Englewood) rounded out the Hiram runners with a time of 52:20.0.
On the women’s side, Hiram ended the day with 222 team points to place ninth of nine teams. St. Vincent (Pa.) College won the overall women’s title with 37 points and was followed by Geneva (Pa.) College with 54 points. Waynesburg (Pa.) College rounded out the top three with 90 points.
Individually for Hiram, senior Laila Almassri (Parma/Normandy) paced Hiram completing the course in a time of 29:22.7 and placed 27th overall of 77 total runners. JuniorAbigail Staysa (Columbia, Mo./Rockbridge) was second with a time of 31:45.3 and fellow junior Patricia Bohls (Macedonia) recorded the third lowest time of 33:53.2. SeniorClarissa Claflin (Mayfield/Mayfield Heights) posted a mark of 34:20.0 to place fourth on the team and junior Sarah Dutton (Columbia, Md./Columbia) completed the list of Hiram competitors and turned in a time of 35:58.2.
The Hiram cross country teams will next compete in the Walsh Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Canton. The first race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.