ANGOLA, NY – The Franciscan men's cross country team narrowly missed capturing the AMCC title as the Barons took second at the 2017 AMCC Championship meet with 29 team points; freshman standout Liam Galligan took the individual championship with a first-place finish Saturday morning.
Penn State Behrend captured the overall title with 26 team points with Franciscan in second with 29. Hilbert took third overall with 99 points.
Coming into the meet as one of the top runners in the AMCC this season, Galligan brought home the first individual title for Franciscan since Bill Jones in 2012. Galligan paced himself well through the race before pulling away towards the end of the race to win by 19 seconds with a time of 26:23. The next runner came in at 26:42 for Penn St.-Behrend.
Running in a close pack, the next three runners for Franciscan took fifth, sixth and seventh, as Mark Borek missed fourth by just five seconds. Borek came in fifth with a time of 27:18 while Nicholas Long came in sixth at 27:26. Junior Grady Stuckman captured seventh with a time of 27:29, almost 20 seconds ahead of the eighth-place runner.
Sophomore Matthew Crotteau took 10th overall and was the fourth Baron runner across the line as he finished with a time of 27:56. Freshman Athanasius Sirilla was not far behind as he finished 13th overall and sixth for the Barons at 28:05. Senior Will Blackley rounded out the scoring runners for Franciscan with an 18th overall finish at 30:18.
The Barons look to continue this momentum as they compete in the NCAA Mid-East regional in Newville, PA on November 11.