Canisius College senior Maura Frauenhofer placed second with her time of 21:26 and three of her Golden Griffin teammates finished among the top-20 in the field as the women's cross country team placed second overall at the 2010 MAAC Cross Country Championships Friday afternoon at Hamonassett State Park in Madison, Conn. This marks the fourth time in school history that the Canisius women have placed second in the MAAC Championship race, and it marks the second-straight year where the Blue and Gold has placed among the conference's top-three teams.
On the men's side, Canisius freshman Nate McCabe placed 16th in the field and teammate Alex Simon finished 23rd overall as the Griffs placed seventh in the 10-team field with 175 points. Both the Canisius teams beat long-time rival Niagara on the day, earning the Griffs four total points in the Battle of the Bridge, an annual all-sports competition between the two Western New York schools.
Frauenhofer's second-place finish was the best individual performance at the MAAC Championships for a Canisius female runner since former Griff Allison Carr won the race in 1997. Frauenhofer closed out her four-year career at the MAAC Championships placing in the top-20 in four-straight events. Junior Christine Mulvihill took eighth overall with her time of 22:08, while freshman Mikelle Cala placed 11th in the field after she crossed the line in 22:14.
Juniors Jill Shea and Julie Dahlkemper took 17th and 20th, respectively in the race, with Shea posting a time of 22:30 and Dahlkemper running a 22:46. Canisius' 58-team points trailed only Iona, which won its sixth-straight MAAC crown with 21 team points, led by junior Heidi Gregson's winning time of 21:02.
The Canisius men finished the day with 175-team points after three runners placed among the top-30 finishers, led by McCabe (25:52) and Simon (26:14). Sophomore Aaron Hoven crossed the finish line in 26:22, while freshman teammate Ricky Looby finished 52 with his time of 27:14. The Iona men's team, which entered the race ranked No. 4 in the nation, won its 20th consecutive MAAC cross country title, with Leonard Korir taking top individual honors with his time of 23:50.
Both the men's and women's cross country teams will return to action Nov. 13 when the teams take part in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Northeast Regionals at Hammonasset State Park. The women's race will start at noon, followed by the men's event at 1:15 p.m.