MANCHESTER, Conn. (September 7, 2019) -- The Franklin Pierce men's cross country team finished third out of eight teams at the Trinity Bantam Invitational on Saturday, held at Wickham Park. Leading the way for the Ravens was top-three finisher, sophomore Riley Fenoff (Danville, Vt.), who took third place out of 86 runners, with a time of 16:13.
Right behind Fenoff was junior Hugo Arlabosse (Marseille, France) who took fourth, finishing the 5k race at 16:30, to make it two Ravens in the top five.
Also within the top 10 was sixth-place runner, senior Jason Reed (Foxborough, Mass.), who ran the course in a time 16:50. After Reed were top-20 finishers, junior Ryan Ducrow (Amesbury, Mass) and freshman Zach Aham (Nottingham, N.H.). Ducrow took 17th and finished at 17:22, followed by Aham at 17:28, which landed him at 18th to round out Franklin Pierce's scoring five on the day.
"Fenoff, Arlabosse and Reed showed today why they are All-Region performers in cross country," said head coach Zach Emerson after a meet which he viewed as a solid opener for the squad. "Those three runners are tough as nails and had solid performances today on a slow, hilly course. We look forward to running at our full strength next week over the longer, 8k distance at the UNE Invite."
Within the top-50 finishers was senior John Walker (Boscawen, N.H.), who placed in 38th after his 18:40 finish. Along with him was Ahmed Rabbini (Peabody, Mass.), a senior who took 46th at a time of 19:09.
Finishing the field for Franklin Pierce runners were freshman Ibrahim Ayyash (Worchester, Mass.) in 55th with a time of 19:43, sophomore Jack Lang (Shelter Island, N.Y.), who took 61st after a 20:03 finish, junior Cody Tallent (Bellows Falls, Vt.), who finished at 20:05 to take 62nd, and senior Christopher Danksewicz (Franklin, Mass) who took 66th with a time of 20:54.
As for teams, winning the meet was American international with 39 points. The Yellow Jackets were followed closely by Trinity with 40 points. Franklin Pierce took third with 48 points, just eight points behind Trinity. The Coast Guard Academy finished fourth with 91 points and Johnson & Wales took fifth with 169 points. Western Connecticut State University followed with 196 and St. Joseph (Conn.) took seventh with 204 points. Rounding out the field was Hampshire, with 213 points.
The Ravens are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Biddeford, Maine, for the UNE Invitational.
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