Carlow cross country team racing into 2018 season

Kristin Seamon -

The growing Carlow cross country team is primed for a breakout 2018 season.

Bolstered by the addition of track and field in 2017-18, the cross country program has taken off, with an all-time high of 16 runners on the women’s team and nine on the men’s.

The women’s squad, which earned the first meet victory in program history last season at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Invitational, returns five of its six fastest runners, topped by Amanda Espy (SO/Oil City, Pa.), who took the first individual win in program history at that event.

The Celtics are also expecting a big sophomore season from Larissa Kijowski (Dayton, Pa.), after much success during her inaugural track and field season.

Leanne Glaub (West Seneca, N.Y.) and Gabrielle Kluger (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) are the veteran seniors of the group, and track and field standout Clare Brown (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also joins the roster for her senior campaign.

Sophomore Anna Sack (Monongahela, Pa.) and freshmen Rachel Jones (Holbrook, Pa.), Kaylene Lane (New Castle, Pa.), Solei McPherson (New Castle, Pa.), Kaitlynn Melvin (Belle Vernon, Pa.), and Delaney Pavlick (Pittsburgh, Pa.) are the other new additions.

The men’s team will be led by lone senior Christopher Woodley (Northern Cambria, Pa.), who set the school record of 28:52.7 in an 8k race last season at the Lock Haven University Go Fast River Run.

The men’s team will feature six newcomers. John McDonagh (JR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Cameron Short (SO/West Mifflin, Pa.) join the roster after competing in indoor and outdoor track and field this past year, and freshmen Evan Antes (North Versailles, Pa.), Michael Randal (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Kevin Sheehan (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Ethan Stroebel (New Castle, Pa.) add depth to the group.

The Celtics open the season Friday at the Saint Vincent College Early Bird Invitational. It is the first of five meets before the River States Conference championship, held at Brescia University, in Owensboro, Ky., on Nov. 3. The Lock Haven event, always a favorite amongst the athletes, again will close the season on Nov. 10.

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