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 SAINT MICHAEL'S MEET
- 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.