Kelly Wins, Fitchburg State Men Place 2nd on Home Course
LEOMINSTER -- The Fitchburg State University cross country teams opened the season in stellar fashion, with the FSU men placing second as a team and the women taking ninth -- as well as an individual first place -- on their home course.
Sophomore Jacob Movsessian placed fifth individually with a time of 26:44 on the 8K course at the Doyle Conservation Area to lead the Fitchburg State men at Saturday’s Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational. Senior teammate Joseph Darrigo followed close behind in sixth place with a time of 27:06.
Other top runners for the FSU men were sophomore Anthony Ortwein (29:37), of Fitchburg, classmate James Casale (31:00) and sophomore Andrew Hill (32:40).
The Falcons finished with 79 team points, trailing only UMass Dartmouth (50). Freshman Dillon VanDemorrtel of SUNY Cobleskill crossed the finish line first with a time of 26:23.
The Fitchburg State women were led by senior Amy Kelly who won the individual title with a time of 19:15. The Falcons also saw great effort from Savannah Wojcik (24:45), Nyasia Torres (26:02), of Fitchburg, Regan Kelly (26:19) and Jennifer Desilvstre (26:49).
The FSU women placed ninth as a team with 226 points. Worcester State claimed first place with 41 points.
The Falcons will next compete in the 2018 Worcester City Meet on Saturday at Moore State Park in Paxton at 10 a.m.
New England College 3
Fitchburg State 0
The Falcons dropped the first game of Saturday’s tri-match against Northern Vermont-Lyndon and host New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.
In the early match, senior Jaquelyn Manyak, of Bolton, led the way with a team-best six assists and one dig, while junior Emily Beauvais registered four kills and three digs. Rounding out the top efforts for FSU was sophomore Jessica Peirce with four service aces, one kill and three digs.
Fitchburg State 3
Northern Vermont-Lyndon 0
The Falcons (1-1) got back on track in the later match. Freshman Meredith Taylor paced Fitchburg State with a match-leading 13 assists, eight service aces and one dig, while sophomore Paige Anderson added seven kills, one service ace and three digs. Senior Nicole Sylvester was also solid for the Falcons, posting three kills, two service aces and four digs in the victory.
The Falcons will next host Lesley University on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in their home opener.