ORCHARD PARK, NY – Freshman Liam Galligan captured the 2017 AMCC individual title and was named the conference Runner of the Year and head coach Dan Kuebler was named the Co-Coach of the Year to highlight the Franciscan men's cross country seven all-conference honors, as announced by the league office Thursday.
Galligan was named the 2017 AMCC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year after capturing the first individual title for the Barons since 2012. Galligan ran a 26:23 for the title, beating the second-place runner by 19 seconds. Galligan recorded three of the top 15 finishes in the AMCC during the regular season, as he picked up his fastest time in the first meet of the season. He finished the Westminster College Fisher Invitational 25:46, which was the third-fastest time in the conference this fall. The rookie's 15th place finish at the National Catholic Invitational hosted by Notre Dame led the Barons to a fourth-place finish, their highest team finish in program history.
Franciscan head coach Dan Kuebler was named the men's cross country Co-Coach of the Year. Kuebler coached the Barons to a second place finish at the AMCC Championship, trailing Behrend by only three points and a difference of just eight seconds in combined team times.
Borek earned his first all-conference honors as he came in fifth overall with a time of 27:18 while Long picked up his second-straight league honor with a sixth-place finish at 27:26. Close behind Long was Stuckman who took home his second AMCC all-conference honor with a time of 27:29 in seventh place.
Crotteau rounded out the top-10 runners as he earned his second all-conference honor with a time of 27:56 to take 10th overall. Sirilla brought home the final all-conference honor for the Barons as he finished 13th overall with a time of 28:05.
The Barons look to continue this momentum as they compete in the NCAA Mid-East regional in Newville, PA on November 11.