NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Hampshire men's and women's cross country teams are both ranked in the Northeast Region Poll that was released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The men's squad is ranked 15th overall for the second-straight week after barely falling to Maine in a dual meet last Friday afternoon at the Maine Cross Country Course. New Hampshire finished with 30 points, placing just behind Maine (29). Senior David Gervais (Nashua, N.H.) led the way for the Wildcats as he placed fourth overall, completing the five-mile course in a time of 26:06.4. UNH claimed the next four spots with a tightly-bunch quartet that finished within four seconds of each other. Sophomore John Prizzi (Wyckoff, N.J.) placed fifth overall in 26:16.8 and was followed by classmates Jeremy Wildgoose (Woodstock, Conn.) and Dean Bhatt (Woodbridge, Conn.) as well as freshman Luke Miller (Birdsboro, Pa.).
The women's side remains in the top-15 for the fourth-straight week and holds the 14th spot after topping Maine in a dual meet on Friday. New Hampshire finished with 26 points, placing ahead of rival Maine (31). Junior Cayla Pellegrini (Derry, N.H.) paced the UNH squad with a third overall finish as she completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 18:49.8. Pellegrini edged out freshman McKenzie Haney (Penacook, N.H.), who placed fourth in 18:50.7.
The Wildcats return to action on Friday, Sept. 28 when they take part in the Paul Short Invitational on the campus of Lehigh University.