NEWARK, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Men's and Women's Cross Country teams ran in the Bruce Bridgeman Invitational this past Saturday at the FLCC Newark Campus. This was their first home meet of the season, and second meet they ran this season.
The heat and humidity finally broke for a perfect race condition on Saturday.
"It was a great way for them to kick off the season," said new Head Coach, Dave Ghidiu, when talking about the races.
It was a much different course than the Lakers were used to, running at the Newark Campus.
"It's easy to get beat up and easy to want to give up, but these guys and girls did a really good job today," said Ghidiu
The Women's Race started at 11:00am, and Lexi Russo was the first finisher for the Lakers. She came in 19th overall. Russo is new to Cross Country, and this was her first ever 5k.
"You saw a lot of girls today beating you on the hills, or you beating them coming down the hills, and that's where you saw a lot of the places interchange," stated Russo about how the race went. When asked about how she felt about putting her first ever 5k in the past, she said "I feel like this is the best I've ever felt in my entire life."
The Men's race started at 11:45am, after the Women finished up. Will Beckhorn was the first finisher for the Lakers. He ended up finishing 6th place, which landed him a plaque for being one of the first seven finishers.
"The hills were kind of killer, but I think it kind of helped a little bit, because I was able to close the gap between other runners," said Beckhorn about the race. "After today, I feel like it's going to be a pretty good season."
The Captain of the squad and returning Sophomore, Jordan Buisch, had some words to say about the season, and what he thinks of his team.
"We're a really well-rounded team. We're really solid and structured, and are supportive of each other," stated Busich. "By the end of the season, we could easily take the number one spot."
The Men's team ended up taking second place as a team.
The Lakers will race again, this Saturday, September 15th. They will travel to Genesee Valley Park for the Yellow Jacket Invitational. The race times are still TBA.