BOSTON, Mass. – Merrimack College put forth a pair of impressive showings in both the women’s and men’s races, taking ownership of all five of the top individual spots at the 50th annual Codfish Bowl in Franklin Park on Saturday afternoon. The Warriors narrowly edged out Worcester State in the 5K and the 8K in a cumulative 11 seconds and 150 total points.
For the women, Merrimack junior Katherine Ferrara seized the victory with a 19:09 finish followed soon after by teammates Tia Foglietta and Julia Dempsey. Boston College’s Tina Laritz completed just three ticks after the Merrimack trio for fourth place, with Warrior sophomore Kate Fisher on her rival’s heels for a time of 19:37.
The Corsairs were put on display in the top-ten via junior Jessica O’Reilly’s (Millis, Mass.) final finish of 19:46, leading the way for the Blue and Gold with seven points. Two more UMass Dartmouth competitors would place in the upper-third of the 140 participants, with sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.) clinching the 26th spot at 20:55 shortly ahead of the 42nd place junior Victoria Spitaels (West Newton, Mass.). The remaining four Corsairs that laced up for the run finished within 14 spots of each other, contributing 220 points to the tally.
On the men’s side, six from Merrimack landed in the top-10 paced by the pairing of freshman TJ Corliss, who came in first with a time of 26:45, and senior John Sava (West Newton, Mass.). The squad concluded the outing in 2:15:31, outrunning Worcester State’s 2:21:04.
Five members of the Blue and Gold finished in the top-half of the 107 runners led by freshman Jose LeClerc-Rodriguez’s (Chelsea, Mass.) 11th spot at 27:48. The freshmen class continued its strong display in the early going on the efforts of Martin Mungai (Dracut, Mass.) and Steve Stromski (Melrose, Mass.), ending in the respective spots of 22nd and 24th.
Both UMass Dartmouth squads get back on the course on Saturday, Oct. 6, taking to Stanley State Park as part of the Westfield State James Earley Invitational.
(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)
(Photo Credit: Rainier Almonte '20)