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Cross country team set to host Canisius Alumni Classic


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- For the sixth straight year, the Canisius cross country teams will host the Canisius Alumni Classic this Saturday at Delaware Park. The women will get things going at noon, followed by the men's race at 12:45 p.m.
Scouting Canisius
• Junior Nick Neamtu and Anthony Belfatto recorded top-100 finishes in the Paul Short Gold race on Sept. 27. The men finished the race 32nd overall as a team.
• Senior Siobhan Quinn won the Paul Short Brown race on the women's side, helping the Golden Griffins finish 11th as a team.
• The usual faces of seniors Aileen Doyle and Carlin Sullivan, as well as freshman Carly Benson, finished in the Blue and Gold top-five for the third straight meet.
• Quinn was named MAAC Female Runner of the Week twice this season.
• The men's and women's programs continued their winning tradition at the Little Three Championships, taking home their 13th and fifth straight wins, respectively.
• Both programs placed fifth at the National Catholic Championships Sept. 14.
Canisius Alumni Classic History
• In the last five runnings of the Canisius Alumni Classic, both the men's and women's programs have finished first three times.
• In 2017, the women took first place overall behind Quinn's time of 17:10. Doyle, along with seniors Mary Manzari and Kayla Stewart all finished inside the top-15 for the Griffs.
• On the men's side, their last first place finish came in 2016. Belfatto, Neamtu and seniors Patrick Crowley andAustin Oetinger recorded top-45 finishes for the Blue and Gold.
• The Golden Griffins last swept the event in 2014.

Joining the Griffs
• University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Daemen, Detroit Mercy, Niagara, Robert Morris, Seton Hill, Geneseo and Youngstown State will all run in the Canisius Alumni Classic this year.
Coach Huckle's Take
"I think both teams should be able to compete for the win, there is no team that is outside our range of ability this year and it is always nice to finish off the regular season with a win at home, in preparation for the MAAC Championships. On the individual side, Siobhan Quinn has won a couple of times and she will be looking to defend her title and on the men's side we are shooting for top-five finishes."
Up Next
• The Golden Griffins head to Loudonville, N.Y., to compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 27.

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