DURHAM, N.H. – The Holy Cross men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2013 season on Saturday morning at New Hampshire with Providence. The Friars took first in both the men's and women's races as the men finished with 17 points and women finished with 29 points. Senior Amanda Waldron (Walpole, Mass.) led the Crusader women with a career-best time of 18:10 and 11th place finish while junior John Cicchitti (Warminster, Pa.) led Holy Cross on the men's side with an 18th place finish and time of 19:07.
Other top finishers on the women's side included senior Emily Hughes (Milton, Mass.) who finished just three seconds behind Waldron with a time of 18:13 in 12th place. Sophomore Caroline Carley (Barrington, Ill.) finished with a career-best time (18:26) in 15th place followed by newcomers Rachel Sowinski (Mountain Top, Pa.) and Mary Welsh (Manhasset, N.Y.) who finished 16th (18:28) and 17th (18:29), respectively. Senior Sandra van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) rounded out the top-20 finishers for the Crusaders, taking 18th with a career-best time of 18:36.
On the men's side, senior Dylan Villescas (Las Cruces, N.M.) finished behind Cicchitti in the 6K race with a time of 19:24 and 23rd place finish. Sophomore Dennis Muldoon (Weymouth, Mass.) took 29th with a time of 19:39 and newcomer Henry Dodge (Rumford, R.I.) was the top freshman finisher for the Crusader men, taking 30th with a time of 19:41.
The men's and women's cross country teams will return to action Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Nassaney Invitational hosted by Bryant at 10:00 a.m.