COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College is drawing cross country teams from all three NCAA divisions to campus on Friday for the four-team Saint Michael's Invitational, as the women kick the day off at 3:30 p.m. before the gun for the men's race sounds at 4:15 p.m. Three participating squads are either nationally- or regionally-ranked.
In four races thus far this fall, the Purple Knight women have turned in a pair of runner-up finishes, while the men posted a second-place showing at Middlebury College's Aldrich Invitational. Saint Michael's is drawing Division I University of Vermont and Division III schools Middlebury and Lyndon State College for its invitational. The Middlebury women are ranked fifth nationally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), while the Panther men are tied for 17th in the latest poll. Vermont's women are 13th in the Northeast region, while the Lyndon State men took second at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship and have won a pair of competitions this fall.
Among the leaders on the Saint Michael's women's squad are sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs), who has been her team's top finisher at each meet, including while coming within 22 seconds of the school record by clocking in at 18:37 during the New England Championship on Sunday. Boutelle, senior Jennifer Labrenz (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), and sophomores Colleen Gilliatt (Grantham, N.H./Lebanon) and Lindy Heffernan (Sutton Mills, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) have comprised the Purple Knights' top four placers at each race.
Senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) has been the first finisher for the men at each of his three competitions, while sophomore Alex Gilgore (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville Senior) was the second-place Purple Knight at each of his three meets. Junior Dana Glubiak (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) trimmed 1:59 off his previous season best to capture the first Saint Michael's scoring position at the New England Championship, in 28:28.
Despite construction of the Quad Commons and a new campus road at Saint Michael's, the races will still be the typical 5K for the women and 8K for the men. The altered route will begin on the 300s Field and take harriers through the Doc Jacobs Field Complex, Vermont National Guard headquarters Camp Johnson, and a nearby wooded area.