Cross Country Finishes Day at BIG EAST Championships
Taylor Hynes

Nov. 2, 2013

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KENOSHA, Wis. -- The 2013 BIG EAST Championships were held today at the Dannehl National Cross Country Course in Kenosha, Wis.

Both DePaul cross country teams were in action today and both the men and the women took eighth at the championships.

"We were disappointed that we didn't meet our goals today," said Assistant Coach Leah Bohr. "We felt that if we could place in the top six or seven then it would be a pretty great accomplishment but unfortunately we just weren't able to get it done. There were some very good teams competing. Losing out on a seventh-place finish to Creighton on the men's side was heartbreaking."

On the men's side, the Blue Demons finished with 225 team points, just one point shy of Creighton, who finished in seventh with 224 points. Chris Miedema paced DePaul in 35th with a time of 26:29 in the 8K. Freshman Alex Campanella followed in 37th (26:31).

"I thought Alex ran well, especially for his first BIG EAST Championships," Bohr said.

On the women's side, DePaul finished with 242 points, 14 points shy of seventh-place Creighton. Taylor Hynes led DePaul with a time of 23:06, good enough for a 44th place finish. Courtney Tedeschi took 48th with a time of 23:42 and Hannah Pulliam (23:45) finished in 49th.

"I was really proud of the way that Courtney ran today," Bohr said. "It was just her second race of the year and she had a pretty good day."

Providence (28 total places) won a loaded women's field which featured three of the top-seven squads in the country, including No. 3 Georgetown (47 places), whom they outmatched for the team title. League newcomer No. 7 Butler (66 places) placed third on the women's side, while Villanova followed in fourth place with 93 places.

The Villanova men (36 places) placed their top seven runners in the top 16 of the meet, led by individual champion Patrick Tiernan. Tiernan won the individual title by almost 10 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher in a time of 23:51. Junior Sam McEntee (fourth, 24:17) and sophomore Robert Denault (sixth, 24:18) rounded out the men's top three for the Wildcats, who won their first men's crown since 2011 and fifth overall. Villanova placed fifth at last year's meet.



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