Clarkson Harriers Sweep Canton Invitational Honors
CANTON - Sophomores Elizabeth Fawwaz and Kevin Cronin each led dominant performances by the Clarkson University Cross Country team, as the pair headlined the Golden Knights overwhelming effort at the Kangaroo Invitational Saturday, held at SUNY Canton.
Clarkson's women aced the first race, with the Golden Knights occupying the top seven spaces in the field for a team-low 15 points. The Golden Knights' men were even more impressive, holding the first 14 spots in the field of 53 runners.
Fawwaz won the 6,000-meter event on the women's side, finishing the race in 24 minutes, 2.27 seconds to pace the field of 34 runners. Junior Kelsey Wenger was seven seconds behind in 24:09.52, her third straight runner-up finish in 2019. Sophomore Hannah Yorkey took third in 24:13.04 while senior Erika Abrantes claimed fourth in 24:35.98. Sophomore Gabriella Broga rounded out Clarkson's top five with a fifth-place finish, crossing the line in 25:10.95. Had any of the Clarkson scorers faltered, the Knights had backup in Taylor Lacey (6th place, 25:39.41) and Rachael Jones (7th place, 25:49.33).
Clarkson's men could have taken first and second had the team separated into two groups, as the Golden Knights first 14 runners crossed ahead of any other competitors. Cronin won his second straight event, finishing the 8,000-meter race in 26:54.36. That turned out to be a wide gap, as the next runner was classmate Sean Byrnes, who took second in 27:44.46, 50 seconds behind Cronin. The Knights didn't have to wait as long for more runners to finish, as senior Seth Richardson was eight seconds behind Byrnes in 27:52.78 and junior Brandon George was close at Richardson's heels in 27:59.95. A trio of freshman finished fifth, sixth and seventh to close out the Knights scoring and backups. Tyler BIshop was fifth in 28:05.02, Dylan Richard came in sixth in 28:11.05, and Eric Nowak finished in the sevneth spot in 28:15.23.