BOSTON, MA – The University at Buffalo men's and women's cross country teams finished the 2009 season on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Boston's Franklin Park. The UB men posted their highest finish since 2005 with a 13th-place showing among 36 schools while the UB women placed 25th of 35 squads.
In the men's 10K race, the Bulls were led by Dennis Pollow finishing 35th among 244 entrants. Pollow turned in a time of 32:24. Three other Bulls turned in finishes among the top 100. Chris Allen was 78th in 33:22 with Jacob Hagen taking 81st in 33:26 and Ryan Bloom finishing 83rd in 33:28.
For the UB women, racing at 6K, Ellen Muster was the top finisher in 24:32 to place 106th among 243 racers. Leah Wightman finished 138th in 25:02. Sam Beim was 140th in 25:09. Christine Sprehe placed 144th in 25:11 and Jackie Cavalluzzo was UB's fifth finisher in 25:16 to place 150th.
The UB men scored 379 total points for their 13th-place finish. The finish improved on their 18th-place showings of the past two seasons and was the highest since taking 11th in 2005. The UB women finished with 678 points. Syracuse's men's (55) and women's (59) squads took first place in the team championships. Iona's Ryan Sheridan won the men's race in 30:36 while Syracuse's Katie Hursey took the women's title in 21:57