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Canisius Cross Country caps off season in Boston

By: Kate Wiggins

Last Friday in Boston, Massachusetts, the Golden Griffins competed in NCAA Cross Country Championships Northeast Regionals at the Franklin Park Zoo course, with the women’s team taking 29th place, and the men’s team taking 22nd place.

For the men, senior Michael Peppy led the pack for the Griffs, taking 66th place and having a finishing time of 32:12 in the men’s 10k race. Not far behind, junior Tom Appenheimer placed 70th, just five seconds behind Peppy, with a time of 32:17. As a whole, the men’s team came in 22nd place with a total of 655 points, falling just behind Marist and above UMass-Amherst.

Senior Libby Benzer led the Griffs yet again in the women’s 6k race, crossing the finish line with a time of 22:39, earning herself 98th place. Junior Marissa Silba crossed second from the women’s team, at a time of 23:25 landing herself 152nd place. As a team, the women had a total of 868 points, earning 29th place, just 8 points behind Fordham, and placing ahead of Colgate.

This was a bittersweet race for head coach Nate Huckle, as this was his last race with the team in his current position. Assistant coach Tyler Scheving will move to become the team’s head coach starting at the beginning of 2022.

“From start to finish, our student-athletes gave us everything they had,” Huckle told “I couldn’t be more proud of our teams and the efforts they put into this season and this race. Looking back at the last 10 years of my coaching career and looking forward to my transition into a new role at Canisius, I feel grateful. I cherish the relationships with student athletes, parents, and peers that I have developed and I realize that we have something truly special at Canisius College.”

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