Taracena Takes Second at Shacklette Invitational During Opener

Taracena Takes Second at Shacklette Invitational During Opener

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Michael's College men's cross country junior Noah Taracena (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet) placed second at Saint Anselm College's Shacklette Invitational on Saturday as the Purple Knight men and women kicked off their seasons.


  • The Saint Michael's women were third out of three schools during the 6K race, notching 76 points. The remainder of the field included a pair of top-five regional squads, as winner Southern New Hampshire University (17) is first in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) East Region poll, while runner-up Saint Anselm College (44) is fifth.
  • The Purple Knight men placed third among three institutions with 66 points, narrowly trailing Saint Anselm (53) for second place. Southern New Hampshire won with 20 points.


  • Junior Noah Taracena (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet)
    • 2nd of 31 finishers in 8K race, 28:19
    • Matched highest career placement (Vermont Intercollegiate Championship on Oct. 1, 2021)
  • First-year Braden Butler (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood)
    • 10th, 29:15
  • Senior Alex Frank (Colchester, Vt./Colchester)
    • 20th, 31:31
  • First-year Ken Zou (Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet)
    • 23rd, 32:15
  • Junior Henry Ferrari (Northampton, Mass./Northampton)
    • 26th, 33:23
  • Junior Swapnil Jhajharia (Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India/Woodstock School)
    • 27th, 33:33
  • Senior Ethan Snook (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead)
    • 29th, 34:00


  • Junior Katie Culliton (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls)
    • 10th of 34 runners in 6K race, 25:51
  • Junior Abby Kittler (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield)
    • 14th, 26:47
  • Senior Filippa Hemmestorp (Malmö, Sweden/Malmö Borgarskola)
    • 15th, 26:49
  • Senior Hallie Benton (Limerick, Maine/Massabesic)
    • 21st, 27:50
  • Senior Cailey Comiskey (Highgate, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union)
    • 26th, 28:39
  • First-year Erin Boyd (Islip, N.Y./Saint Anthony's)
    • 27th, 28:40
  • Senior Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd)
    • 28th, 28:45


  • Next Saturday at Vermont Intercollegiate Championship/Vermont Technical College Maple Syrup Challenge.
  • The women begin at 11 a.m. before the men start at 11:45 a.m.