Gordon College Pop Crowell Invitational
Run over 6,000 meters
Eastern Conn. 2nd (16 teams)
Just as pitching and defense win baseball games, depth wins cross country meets. Without three of their top five runners, the Warriors turned to their support people, who answered the call with outstanding performances that landed the team in second place in a field of 16 teams. Senior Samantha McKosky (Deep River) finished nine seconds out of first place, capturing fourth overall (23:47) as the Warriors filled in all five of their scoring runners among the top 25 in a field of 152, and senior Christina Gosselin (Old Saybrook) was 18th (24:57). Those performances were expected, but it was their teammates who were vital in carrying the team to its second-place finish. With top five runners senior Haley Knox (Bristol), junior Rachel Osak (Portland) and sophomore Sylvia Lawrence (Woodstock) unavailable for the competition, first-year sophomore Lauren Bresson (Roxbury) (22nd in 25:13), first-year junior Maggie Dulak (Northford) (23rd in 25:16) and junior Samara Johnson (Lebanon) (25th in 25:24) also placed in the top 25 and within 11 seconds of each other. That trio's contributions were critical -- as were those of junior Nina Pasqua (Bristol) and freshman Maggie Santacroce (Bristol) to the team's ability to finish 15 points ahead of third-place Endicott College and 37 ahead of fourth-place Little East rival Rhode Island College. Eastern's five scoring runners all crossed the linie ahead of Endicott's No. 5, with Pasqua and Santacroce both squeezing in ahead of RIC's fifth runner.Team winner University of New England had 30 points, Eastern 91 and Endicott 106.
Eastern competes at the Community College of Rhode Island Tri-State Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.