The St. Thomas Aquinas cross country team opened the 2018 season at the Fordham Fiasco/Ed Joyce Memorial. Both teams finished in 2nd place on the VanCortlandt Park course.
The women were lead by sophomores Aida Torpey and Rebecca MacLeod. Both started the season off on the right foot dropping over 1:30 from their rookie times at the same course. Torpey finished in 5th place in 19:47 while MacLeod crossed the line just two places later in 20:26. Abagaile Kimbrell had a strong collegiate debut finishing in 8th place in 20:49. Senior Kara Santa Teresa was the next Spartan, covering the 5K course in 22:30. Freshman Mary Elizabeth Dristle (22:32) was the next finisher and rounded out the top five for the team. Rookie Kayla Cobelli ran a personal best 23:48 in her first collegiate competition. Sophomore Grace Carter (24:23) helped the team to secure the 2nd place team finish.
On the men's side, sophomore Rob Guidicipietro covered the 8K course in 27:43. He bettered his 2016 VCP time by over a minute and was good for 7th place. Freshman Nick Martello (9th place) stepped up in his collegiate debut as the second Spartan finisher in a time of 28:15. Sophomores Kyle Kondracki and Senior Christian Diaz finished in 30:00. Another rookie, Matt Tina, joined the ranks as a scorer, finishing in 30:37. Transfer James Dowd finished in 31:17 in his first collegiate race. Redshirt sophomore Stefan Saeed was the 7th finisher for the Spartans in 33:08.
The team will be back in action next Staurday at the NYIT Invitational.