MAAC Championships Set For Saturday On ESPN3
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RIVERDALE, NY – On Saturday morning, the Manhattan College men’s and women’s cross country teams will take part in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. The 8000-meter men’s race gets underway at 8 a.m., with the women’s 6000 meters to follow at 9 a.m. Both races will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The men’s squad has finished no worse than fourth as a team in each of its five meets this season, and won its first Metropolitan championship since 2001. Sophomore Amir Khaghani (Bethesda, MD) was named MAAC Performer of the Week after finishing third at the Metropolitan Championships, and he earned the same award a week later. Sophomore Nick Matson (Clifton Park, NY), meanwhile, took home MAAC Performer of the Week honors on Sept. 14.
Joining Khaghani and Matson at the MAAC Championships will be juniors John Dove (Monroe, NY), Chris Orlando (Newburyport, MA) and Drew Reda (Matawan, NJ); sophomores Jan Hoffmann (Tubeingen, Germany), Chad Maier (Melville, NY) and Christian McLaughlin (Allenhurst, NJ); and freshmen Patrick Hennelly (Suffern, NY) and Brandon Parrado (Weehawken, NJ).
Manhattan’s women have also enjoyed a solid 2016 campaign. The Jaspers finished second as a team at the Metropolitan Championships, their best showing in 15 years. Sophomore Caroline Ferri (Garden City, NY) has been Manhattan’s top finisher in every race she’s entered this year, while junior Kaitlyn Smith (Effort, PA) was the MAAC Performer of the Week on Sept. 28.
There’s plenty of MAAC Championships experience on the women’s side, with nine of Manhattan’s 10 entries having competed in the meet previously. Along with Ferri and Smith, juniors Kelly Gorman (South Amboy, NJ), Grace Ostolozaga (Stony Point, NY) and Alexa Roda (Staten Island, NY); and sophomores Lisa Fajardo (Brooklyn, NY), Sam Hoagland (Colts Neck, NJ), Keeley Hogan (Delmar, NY), and Erin Spadaccini (Wilmington, DE) are entered. The only newcomer in the women’s field is freshman Caitlin Hartnett (Tappan, NY).
Last year, Manhattan finished sixth on the men’s side and seventh among the women at the MAAC Championships. The last time the meet was held in Orlando, in 2012, the Jaspers placed seventh (men) and eighth (women).