Hanlon and Kennedy Lead Cross Country Teams at Regionals

Last weekend the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Regional Championships, with some Raiders achieving individual success.

The men’s team raced in the Northeastern NCAA regional qualifying race. The Raiders were led by junior Mike Hanlon, who ran the 10K course in 30:11. Hanlon placed ninth overall out of a field of 232, which earned him All-Northeast Region honors for the second consecutive year. More impressively, however, the finish also qualified him for the NCAA National Championship race in Indiana on November 21.

Hanlon is the first Colgate runner to qualify for the Nationals since 2003 and only the third in school history. Seniors Nate Rosenthal, Sean Curran and Andrew Isabel, junior Scott DeRoo, and first-years Joseph Schaeffer and Robbie Green also participated for the Raiders. As a team, Colgate took 18th place out of a 37-team field.

The women’s team placed 24th out of a field of 38 teams. Colgate was led by sophomore Elizabeth Kennedy, who placed 75th out of 254 runners and ran the 6K course in 22:41. The next Raider to cross the finish line was junior Meghan McAnaney, who finished in 23:37 (144th place). Other women competing for Colgate included senior Lia Cross, sophomore Kathryn Marvel, junior Hannah Failing, sophomore Abby Chapman and first-year Jessica Kielty, all of whom finished within one minute of one another.

Both Colgate cross country teams will complete the season this weekend in Van Cortlandt, NY. The men will participate in the IC4A Championships, while the women race in the ECAC Championships. Hanlon, however, will finish his season on Monday, when he races in the NCAA Championships, held at Indiana State University.