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McNally Transitions Well At Nazareth Cross Country

LINTON, NY – McNally, a two-time NAC Cross Country MVP, is enjoying a fast start to his collegiate running career at Nazareth College. McNally has a found a place among the Golden Griffin's team leaders in the first two invitationals.

The top five finishers for the Nazareth College men's cross country team crossed the finish line in a span of less than 30 seconds Saturday as the Golden Flyers finished sixth as a team at the Hamilton College Short Course race on Sept. 7.

Roberts Wesleyan was first with 20 points and Ithaca (91 points) was second followed by Hamilton (95), Cortland (133), LeMoyne (137) and Nazareth (173). The Golden Flyers finished ahead of Oneonta (196), Utica (209), St. John Fisher (220) and Brockport (221).

Junior Christopher Celecki was the top Nazareth finisher with a time of 16:11.6 and freshman Nathan McNally was right on his heels with a time of 16:11.9. Fellow freshman, Nathan Bowers was next at 16:16.6.

Sophomores Jake Suddaby and Joshua Tomaka were the final two scoring runners for Nazareth as they finished in 55th and 57th place respectively.

Nazareth competes next at the Harry Anderson Invitational September 21 at Roberts Wesleyan.

Junior Christopher Celecki led the Nazareth College men's cross country team with a 12th place finish and a pair of freshmen had strong finishes to help the Golden Flyers take third place overall in the opening race of the season Friday night at St. John Fisher.

Freshmen Nathan McNally (15th place) and Nathan Bowers (17th place) had strong finishes in their first collegiate race.

Geneseo won the team title with 27 points followed by RIT with 33 and Nazareth in third with 91. The Golden Flyers finished ahead of St. John Fisher (119 points), Rochester (140), Houghton (151), Alfred State (222) and Alfred (231). Corning CC rounded out the team scores with a 281.

Celecki was the top Nazareth finisher as he crossed the finish line in 20:41.9 in the 6K race while McNally posted a 20:47.3 finish and Bowers came in at 20:50.6.

Nate McNally, a freshman from Ogdensburg, heads to the finish line for Nazareth College at an early season meet.e

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