CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Community College Men’s & Women’s Cross Country teams started off their seasons this past Saturday. They raced at their home meet, the Bruce Bridgman Invitational.
Lemoyne College won both the men’s and women’s races. The FLCC men’s team pulled out a fourth place finish, while the women did not place. The first finishers for the Lakers were Hannah Fogarty for the women, and Jacob Blanchard for the men.
The men raced 5 miles at their home course. Blanchard came in 14th place overall with a 32:11.71 time. Blanchard shared a few words after the race and talked about how he felt about his performance and how he finished.
“This was the very first race of the year, so it wasn’t really the time I was looking for, but I mean it’s early in the season, so I’m pretty proud of where I finished and what time I got,” said Blanchard. “I’m pretty proud of how I attacked the hills. The hills on the course were pretty tough to begin with so just being able to push through them and be able to say you did the best you possibly could on the course is a good thing.”
The women raced a shorter course than the men, running a 5k. Fogarty came in 18th place overall with a 24:18.46 time. Fogarty also shared a few words after the race and how she felt about her performance.
When talking about her performance, Fogarty talked about one the best aspects of her race, “In the middle when I was chasing down one of the Lemoyne girls, I felt really good.”
Fogarty also talked about what she wants to improve on as the season progresses, “I think by the end of this season I want to be doing 20’s or 19’s.”
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country coach, Kyle Dacey felt the teams’ first outing was a success. Dacey felt that the FLCC course is a tough course for a first meet but, that his athletes pushed through and did well.
“We have mostly all freshman, with a couple veterans in there, but so far I’m pleased,” says Dacey. “We have an easier schedule now going through, and we kind of know what our hard competition is like so we can compare with that, and we will definitely be prepared for next week for sure.”
Dacey talked about what kind of improvements his athletes will be making now that they have their first meet under their belt, “We’re going to be getting together to race together, race as a team, to get a couple up there in the front; but definitely working more so on sprinting intervals and things like that.”
The Lakers travel to SUNY Oswego this upcoming Saturday, September 16. They will be racing in the Oswego State Invitational. The women will race first at 11:00am, and the men will race at 12:00pm.