Culliton and Smith Take Second and Third for Saint Michael's at Bruce Kirsh Cup

Culliton and Smith Take Second and Third for Saint Michael's at Bruce Kirsh Cup

HOPKINTON, N.H. - Saint Michael's College women's cross country first-year Katie Culliton (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and junior Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb) took second and third, respectively, as the Purple Knights placed second among two squads at Franklin Pierce University's Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup on Friday afternoon at the Houston Fields. Having not competed in last fall's traditional season, the Purple and Gold competed in its first meet since Nov. 9, 2019, and its initial competition in New England since Sept. 27, 2019.

TEAM RESULTS

  • The Purple Knights scored 32 points to trail host Franklin Pierce by just eight points.
  • Four Purple Knights finished in the top 10.
  • Eight of the 12 Saint Michael's runners made their college debuts.
  • First-year Lily Sabol's (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) first college race came in her hometown, and she finished among the Purple and Gold's top 10, while classmates DiMaggio Bellino (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) and Julia Snyder (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) also debuted.
  • Saint Michael's competed in its first meet since Nov. 9, 2019, and its initial competition in New England since Sept. 27, 2019.

LEADERS

  • First-year Katie Culliton (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls)
    • 2nd of 21 runners in 5K race, 20:50.8
  • Junior Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb)
    • 3rd, 21:02.3 (PR)
  • First-year Abby Kittler (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield)
    • 8th, 21:58.8
  • Sophomore Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd)
    • 10th, 22:37.4 (PR)
  • Junior Eleanor Devereux (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union)
    • 12th, 22:48.7
  • Junior Colleen Tubridy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford)
    • 13th, 22:52.2
  • First-year Ella DiBernardo (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Regional)
    • 15th, 23:17.0
  • First-year Mia Cooper (Gansevoort, N.Y./South Glens Falls)
    • 16th, 23:27.7
  • First-year Lily Sabol (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton)
    • 17th, 25:20.0
  • First-year Lydia Clapp (Center Harbor, N.H./Inter-Lakes)
    • 18th, 26:06.0