HOPEWELL, N.J. – In his first collegiate 5k race, Saint Joseph's sophomore Zach Michon held off nine Quakers to win the individual title in a field of 74 racers at the season-opening TCNJ Blue/Gold Invitational on Saturday morning. Hosted by The College of New Jersey at Rosedale Park, the meet featured Penn, Rider, Saint Joseph's, and host-school TCNJ. Penn won the meet with 20 points, followed by the Hawks (43 points).
Michon crossed the finish line in 15:24.51 to edge out Penn's Christopher Luciano by .28 seconds and held off nine Penn racers who finished within 2.21 seconds of him to take home the victory for the Crimson and Gray.
Sophomore John Walker finished as SJU's #2 runner in 11th overall, clocking in with a collegiate-best 5k time of 15:32.04, an improvement of 17.16 seconds from last year's TCNJ Blue/Gold Invitational.
In his first collegiate 5k race, senior Anthony Morelli cruised to a time of 15:38.08 to finish 19th overall.
Of note, freshman Matthew Scarpill was SJU's #8 finisher, finishing in 15:46.76 for 26th overall in his collegiate debut.
Saint Joseph's will return back to Rosedale Park in Hopewell, N.J. to race the Rider Invitational on Friday, September 15. SJU's 6k race is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m.
MEET NOTES: Freshmen Matthew Scarpill (26th), George Steinhoff (28th), Bobby Hastie (44th), Brendan Price (48th), Dan Mink (49th), Jimmy Macpherson (56th), Drayk Cassamajor (64th), and Brendan Falzone (72nd) made their collegiate debuts.
COMPLETE SJU RESULTS
1st - Michon, Zachary - 15:24.51 (1 point) - Course Best, 5k PR
11th - Walker, John - 15:32.04 (9 points) - Course Best, 5k PR
13th - Gallagher, Colin - 15:33.47 (10 points) - Courest Best, 5k PR
16th - Clark, Josh - 15:35.49 (11 points) - Course Best, 5k PR
19th - Morelli, Anthony - 15:38.08 (12 points) - Course Best, 5k PR
23rd - Sponaugle, Will - 15:44.06 - Course Best, 5k PR
24th - Daly, Jack - 15:44.43 - Course Best, 5k PR
26th - Scarpill, Matthew - 15:46.76 - Course Best, 5k PR
27th - Higley, Tommy - 15:49.78 - Course Best, 5k PR
28th - Steinhoff, George - 15:52.53 - Course Best, 5k PR
32nd - Myers, Andrew - 15:56.08 - Course Best, 5k PR
35th - Princivalle, Sean - 15:58.82 - Course Best, 5k PR
37th - Dorsey, Kevin - 16:00.93 - Course Best, 5k PR
38th - Amaral, Antonio - 16:02.85 - Course Best, 5k PR
39th - Mullin-Garcia, Matthew - 16:06.61 - Course Best, 5k PR
44th - Hastie, Bobby - 16:15.40 - Course Best, 5k PR
47th - Roberts, Christian - 16:18.91 - Course Best, 5k PR
48th - Price, Brendan - 16:20.16 - Course Best, 5k PR
49th - Mink, Dan - 16:20.65 - Course Best, 5k PR
52nd - Parker, Colin - 16:26.58 - Course Best, 5k PR
56th - Macpherson, Jimmy - 16:35.27 - Course Best, 5k PR
57th - Leonard, Eddie - 16:36.81 - Course Best, 5k PR
59th - Durante-Koller, Jake - 16:37.23 - Course Best, 5k PR
64th - Cassamajor, Drayk - 16:51.02 - Course Best, 5k PR
67th - Podles, John - 16:55.38
69th - Hannan, Riley - 17:03.21
72nd - Falzone, Brendan - 17:21.27 - Course Best, 5k PR
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