Senior Maura Frauenhofer placed fifth of 93 runners and helped lead the women's team to a third place finish at the Duquesne Duals on Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa. Freshman Nathan McCabe was the team's top-runner placing 29th in a field of 128, securing a time of 26:51, as the men's team finished eighth overall.
"In terms of times we're exactly where we want to be right now," Canisius Cross Country head coach Pete Osmond said. "Once we get beyond the mileage and begin to do some structured workouts, I have no reason to believe things won't come together as planned."
The women's team finished with a total of 79 points with six runners placing in the top-50. Junior Jill Shea followed close behind Frauenhofer, finishing eighth overall with a time of 18:43. Youth and inexperience didn't hinder the Blue and Gold on Saturday, as Freshmen Mikelle Cala (19:04) and Jaime Wallace (19:32) finished with top-40 times with Cala placing 16th and Wallace finishing 31st.
In the men's race, sophomore Alex Simon followed closely behind McCabe finishing in the top-50, placing 33rd out-of-128 with a time of 26:56. Sophomore Aaron Hoven was the third on the team to cross the finish line placing 66th with a time of 27:50.
Both the men's and women's teams will return to action on Sept. 17, when Canisius heads to South Bend, Ind. when the Griffs compete in the National Catholic Championships starting at 4:45 p.m.