Kialeigh Marston – Copy Editor
It might be surprising that the Men’s Cross Country number one running, Andrew “Lambo” Lamb eats a pint of Ben & Jerry’s before every race, however it is even more surprising how much success this young team has seen this season. They earned the best team placement in Assumption history at both the NE-10 conference meet and the Division II East region meet. The conference meet they ran to a 6th place finish and they finished 7th in the East Regiont out of 24 teams.
Regionals was muddy and footing was inconsistent making it hard to get a rhythm throughout the race. The hounds ran through the poor conditions with a tenacity that will help them in the coming years as they only get better. Their team average time for the 10k was 34:33 this year, last year the team average was 35:45 for the same distance. They cut over a minute on their average on a pretty comparable course.
The team itself is younge. With four of the top seven runners underclassman, this team is looking to great things in the coming years. Especially when the sophomore class is in full force when Ryan “Brian” Mardo returns from an appendix removal. They will graduate two of their top seven this year, but other members of the team look to step up their game to aid the team in replacement. The two seniors that will be graduating are Jobi “Wubz” Barron and Andrew “Rabbit” Mongiat.
“Wubz” led the team this year as a captain. His parents, Chris n Chris, are the current parent “captains” as they organize our team picnicks the parents provide after most of our meets. He hails from upstate New York but is looking south after his retirement of being a Greyhound. He is a strong advocate for high mileage and many doubles. The man loves running and the tenacity he brings into training allows him success in the sport. Wubz truly works for every second. The 10k is where he really stands out and the team is looking forward to watching his last track seasons.
Andrew “Rabbit” Mongiat was the other senior on the varsity seven. Andrew did most of his runs on his own this season due to his internship requiring him to be there early in the morning. Practicing at 7am is difficult, but practicing at 6am by yourself is even harder. At the beginning of the season if you asked Andrew how you thought his season would be, he would give you a wishy washy answer because he, and everybody else, truly didn’t know. Andrew was coming off an injury that had affected his running just about all of last year so cross country was not certain to be good. Andrew, however, was able to run his way into varsity in time to race at the Regional meet one last time.
The other members of the varsity seven were Andrew Lamb, Shawn “Henny” Scullion, Jon Wahl, Tommy Lucey, and Ryan “Soft Serve” Cardozo. Lamb placed 32th. “Henny” placed only placed five spots behind him at 37th. Jon Wahl came in at 49th with freshman Tommy right behind him at 50th. “Soft Serve” placed 56th. Andrew and “Wubz” finished 78th and 85th respectively. There were a total of 170 runners competing and the scoring five were all in the top third of competitors.
The Greyhounds now move onto the track with most cross country athletes set to compete when the team returns from winter break in January 2019.
Kialeigh Marston, a junior, studies Classics and Political Science. She is a Copy Editor for Le Provocateur.