The Canisius cross country teams swept the Little Three Championships today, marking the ninth straight championship for the men’s team and the seventh time in ten seasons for the women.
The men swept the top-seven, with senior Chad Maloy being the top finisher in the event with a time of 15:32.8. Behind Maloy were Brennan Root (15:39.7), Jeff Antolos (15:46.2), Mike Anvelt (15:48.8), Xavier Sauvageau (16:02.4), Cooper Roach (16:05.7) and Gustavo Gonzalez (16:06.0).
“The men showed up and did exactly what they were supposed to do, basically shutting the door on the competition during the second mile of the race,” said head coach Nate Huckle. “This is the second year we’ve had a perfect score in the Little Three Championship and I was very pleased with how the team performed overall, especially red-shirt Chad Maloy, who had his third individual victory at the Championship.”
The women had five top-seven finishers headlined by freshman Carlin Sullivan who finished second with a time of 18:59.6. Catherine Phillips finished third (19.11.0), Anna Phillips finished right behind her with a time of 19.19.2 and Haley Keene (19:21.6) and Jade Auchmoody (19.23.9) finished in fifth and sixth.
“The team really showed up and executed on our game plans from the start, the women competed first and moved well throughout the whole race setting the pace through the first mile and then throughout the second mile solidified themselves as the front runners,” Huckle said. “I was really happy to see the freshman and transfers establishing themselves early as Jade and Carlin put on a really strong performance. This is definitely a different team than last season. Our goal going in was to have our top-five all be within 30 seconds of each other, and our compression for the top-five was 24 seconds, which is fantastic.”
Canisius had seven women’s runners finish in the top-10 of the event and nine men finish in the top-10 as well.
“The men and women really showed up and proved that they are both strong D-1 teams and we will be looking to be a force in all of our Invitationals this season. Overall I was very pleased with our teams and how they performed to start the season,” said Huckle.
Next up for the Griffs is the UB Stampede on Sep. 6, followed by the annual National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame on Sep. 19.