Ten Marywood University cross country runners received Colonial States Athletic Conference postseason recognition for their performances at the 2017 championships on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Both the Marywood men’s and women’s cross country teams captured championships, the first time a school has taken both team titles.
Earning First Team All-CSAC status was Lackawanna Trail grad and Marywood senior Devon Clarke, while his younger sister, freshman Ashleigh Clarke, and Elk Lake grad and sophomore Katie Bennett also received First Team All-CSAC honors.
Devon Clarke finished third place (29:52) for the second consecutive year.
His efforts put him in elite company as only one of four other Pacers’ runners to finish all-conference four times. He joins both Justin Zakovitch (1998-99) and Jason Ryan (2002, 2004) as the only runners to place in the top three on two separate occasions.
Clarke also finished as one of four other Pacers’ runners to finish all-conference four times, joining Nick Budinski, Eric Sprenkle and Hall of Famers Ryan and Charles Ackley.
Bennett moved though the pack to run down Gwynedd Mercy’s Elizabeth Rosario over the last mile, then managed to close the gap onKeystone College’s Juila Stapleton as it came down to a kickers’ battle over the last 10 meters of the race.
She hung on for fifth place (26:40) to finish in the top five at CSACs for the second consecutive year to snatch her second First Team All-CSAC award.
Ashleigh Clarke had another solid performance with the second-best finish by a freshman in seventh (27:06) to give the Pacers four spots on the First Team All-CSAC podium.
Marywood’s women’s team won the CSAC title for the 13th time, seventh time in the past eight years and 12th time in 15 years.
The men’s and women’s runner for Marywood will compete at the NCAA Mideast Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Dickinson College.