Fransham, Kocher Lead Mount XC at National Catholic Invitational

NOTRE DAME, In. On Sept. 14 the men’s and women’s cross-country teams travelled up to Notre Dame University in Indiana to compete in the National Catholic Invitational. Despite two of their flights being cancelled, the team was able to make it to the course safely and on time.

The Mount men finished in 8th place with 240 points out of the 10 other teams present in the fourth heat. The University of Dayton’s Chris Negri won the heat with an overall time of 24:58.6 and led his school to a first-place finish in the team standings with just 41 points, narrowly beating out the Fighting Irish who had 44 points.

Completing the 5-mile course in 21st place with a time of 26:03.7 was junior Nicholas Fransham. First year Isaac Kole edged out senior captain Christopher Evans by 2.7 seconds for 48th place and sophomores Mitchel Wileczek and Jonah Smith rounded out the Mount’s top five finishers, placing 69th and 71st.

“Overall there are a few things I wish I could have done better, but like, compared to last year to this year, I did pretty well” said Fransham. “This was the first 8k of the season, so I’m just trying to dip back into the swing of things. Maybe [I could have] pushed harder in certain parts of the race.”

On the women’s side, junior Ashleigh Kocher led the Mount to an 11th place team finish in the 3rd heat with a time of 20:14. Out of the 11 total teams, Notre Dame won with 24 points. Annie Herrernan and Annasophia Keller of the Fighting Irish finished the 5-kilometer course in 17:29.4 and 17:31.8 respectively, good enough for a 1-2 finish.

Crossing the line 8.2 seconds behind Kocher was junior Clarke Hooper for 63rd place. First years Alexandra Kay, Destiny Boone, and Adria Pirozzi followed suit with times of 20:39.5, 20:50.4 and 21:49.8 in that order. The Mount’s top five finishers had a spread of just 95.8 seconds.

The Mount’s cross-country team will return to action on Sept. 29 for the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University.

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