By Christian Hince | November 7, 2022
UAlbany sophomore Tezz Fitzmaurice. (Photo credit: UAlbany Athletics)
The University at Albany cross country team saw mixed results at the America East cross country championships on Saturday.
The nine-team competition at Baltimore’s Jerusalem Mill Park saw the women take fourth with 79 points, closely followed by New Hampshire’s 74, while the men finished eighth with 209 points.
Women: Fitzmaurice And Chambers Lead The Way
The women’s race saw Tess Fitzmaurice finish with a personal-best 17:38.7 mark in the 5K, good enough for ninth, and the eighth-best 5K time in program history. The All-Conference Second Team sophomore has finished first for the Great Danes in all 10 of her races since coming to UAlbany.
Amanda Chambers followed right behind with a personal-best 17:43.7 mark which is also the tenth-best 5K time in program history. For her efforts, Chambers also earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.
The day belonged to UMass Lowell, whose 38-point team total sat comfortably above Binghamton’s 67. With three runners in the top ten, Lowell senior Kenzie Doyle took first with a meet-record 16:19.2.
Men: Garcia in Front
The day didn’t go as well for the men, with just two UAlbany runners finishing top 50 in the 80-man race. Brandon Garcia’s 20th place time of 25:17.9 was shortly trailed by Antonio Beltran’s 26th place 25:32.2 mark.
UMass Lowell ruled this race as well, scoring 27 points with three runners in the top five and four in the top 10. Redhawks junior John Riley won the individual title with a 23:41.0 mark, while senior teammate Drew Everett crossed the finish line just six-tenths of a second later.
With conference play wrapped up, the Great Danes will head to Van Cortlandt Park for the NCAA Northeast Regional XC Championships on Friday, Nov. 11.