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McNally Leads Naz Men To 4th At Highlander Invitational

Nazareth's men's and women's cross country teams posted several personal-best times Saturday as the Golden Flyers ran well at Houghton's Highlander Invitational.

In the men's race, Nazareth also had six personal-best times to finish in fourth place with 100 team points. Geneseo was first with 20 points, followed by St. John Fisher (80), RIT (93) and Nazareth.

In the women's race, six of Nazareth's top seven runners recorded top times as the Golden Flyers placed third with 79 team points, behind only Geneseo (25) and St. John Fisher (72) in the 10-team field.

In the men's race, Nazareth's top three finishers -- freshmen Nathan McNally of Ogdensburg and Nathan Bowers and sophomore Joshua Tomaka -- each had personal-best 8-kilometer times. McNally finished 15th in 26:29.7; Bowers was 17th in 26:37.7; and Tomaka was 21st in 26:49.1. Junior Christopher Celecki placed 27th in 26:59.5 and junior Michael Brown was 37th in 27:33.5. Also competing for Nazareth were sophomore Jake Suddaby (38th, 27:34.1) and freshman Lucas Sharron (46th, 28:01.5).

Junior Deirdre Brett paced the women's team by finishing in 15th place as she covered the 6-kilometer course in 24:21.8, just a few ticks off her personal best. She was followed to the finish line by sophomores Erin Reyner and Claire Bargabos in 17th and 19th place respectively with personal bests of 24:43.1 and 24:55.9. Junior Kelly Artini was next in 25th place (25:09.3), followed by freshmen Megan Morin (26th, 25:11.0), Emily Weaver (37th, 25:46.0) and Alexis Anagnostopulos (39th, 25:50.5).

Also competing for Nazareth were juniors Kaitlyn Dobbertin (45th, 26:05.1) and hannah Hullihen (47th, 26:27.5).

Ogdensburg's Nate McNally ran an 8K personal best as Nazarthe College's lead runner at the Houghton College Highlander Invitational.

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