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Falcons Excel At James Early Invitational & All-NE Championships

Falcons Excel At James Early Invitational & All-NE Championships

Fitchburg State paced by Amaral and Weston at duel meets

Westfield, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University men's cross country competed in both the 22nd annual James Early Memorial Cross Country Invite at Stanley Park in Westfield as well as the 2017 All-New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston this afternoon.

The Basics

Score: 22nd, 607 Points (James Early Meet)

Score: 20th, 523 Points (All-New England Championships)

How It Happened

At the 2017 James Early Memorial Cross Country Invitational, the Falcons were led by freshman Joe Weston (Middleton, Mass.), who placed 89th overall with a time of 29:00.11, while classmate Timothy Sheehy (Wakefield, Mass.) followed in 98th with a time of 29:14.33 over the 8K course.

Newcomer Anthony Ortwein (Fitchburg, Mass.) was next for the Falcons, turning a time of 29:37.07, while sophomore Brandon DiGregorio (Somerville, Mass.) rounded out the top Fitchburg State efforts with a time of 30:07.15.

At the 2017 All-New England Championships, senior Brian Amaral (Tewksbury, Mass.) posted a time of 26:05.3 with a 37th place effort, while classmate Jake Hastings (Phillipston, Mass.) entered the chute in 78th with a time of 27:07 over the 8K layout.

Junior Anthony Darrigo (Tewksbury, Mass.) was next for the Green and Gold, registering a time of 27:34.2, while fellow junior Joseph Darrigo (Tewksbury, Mass.) closed out the top Falcon runners on the afternoon with a time of 27:98.6

Inside the Numbers

Fitchburg State placed fifth overall at last year's James Early Memorial Invite with a total of 207 points, while it did not compete at last year's All-New England Championships.

Trinity claimed top honors at the James Early Invite after amassing a total of 74 points, while Stonehill College took the top spot at the All-New England Championships after accruing 119 total points.

Junior Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) of Plymouth State University placed first overall at the 2017 James Early invite with a time of 25:35, while junior Leakey Kipkosgei (Kapsabet, Kenya) of American International took home top honors at the 2017 All-New England Championships with a time of 24:51.3

Up Next

The Falcons will compete in the 2017 Saints Invitational, hosted by Emmanuel College on Friday at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. for a meet starting at 4 PM.