Bethpage, NY – sophomore Anita Jepchirchir (Eldoret, Kenya) finished 40th and led the Le Moyne College women’s cross country team to 10th place in the NCAA East Region Cross Country Championships at Bethpage State Park on Saturday. Red shirt sophomore Matt Bartolotta (Syracuse, NY/West Genesee) in 29th place and led the men’s team to 12th place.

“That was a great end to the season,” said the head coach Robin Wheelless. “Our seniors in meeting, Maggie Casey, Cayla HungerfordMatt Sinnenberg and Olivia Swift Everything went well at the state championship. Our women finished 10th and 5th against the conference teams. The men finished 12th, which was 9th against the Conference teams. That was two places better than two weeks ago in the conference championship. It was sad to see her cross country career end at Le Moyne but I’m glad they ended it so well.”

In the women’s team event, Southern New Hampshire University, who won the NE10 championship 13 days ago, won the regional championship by 52 points after having three of the top seven scorers. Roberts Wesleyan University, which placed third last year, finished second with 69 points for the third time in four years. Daemen University finished third with 86 points. Ashley Corcoran of Southern New Hampshire clinched the individual championship by completing the course in 21:55.40.

In the men’s, Southern Connecticut, who won the NE10 championship two weeks ago, won the regional championship with 53 points after all five scorers were in the top 16. Also on their way to the national championship in two weeks is Franklin Pierce University second with 65 points and Roberts Wesleyan, who was third with 100 points, to beat American International College by just one point. Franklin Pierce’s Wondu Summa won the regional singles title with a first place time of 31:27.70.

Jepchirchir led the women’s team by covering the six-kilometer course in 23:52.9 in her regional debut. Senior Maggie Casey (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Mendon) posted a 43rd place finish in 23:58.1, improvements of 54 places and 110 places from her regional debut three years ago. Redshirt newbie Sophia Bisignano (Albany, NY/Colony) posted a time of 24:05.5, three seconds faster than last year, in 50th place, up 10 places from a year ago. second grader Hilda Kiprono (Eldoret, Kenya/Kapsabet Girls High School) crossed the line as a senior in 68th with a time of 24:49.6 Cayla Hungerford (Petersburg, NY/New Lebanon) finished 122nd in 27:48.1, 24 places better and 2:01 faster than in their first regional competition in 2019 to round out the team’s goalscoring list.

Bartolotta navigated the 10K course in 33:05.0 to improve his finish by one place and his time by over four seconds from last year. classmate Nick Berg (Minoa, NY/East Syracuse-Minoa) finished 44th with a time of 33:50.7, seven places and 22 seconds better than last year. second grader Jeremy Plumley (Camden, NY/Camden) finished 76th in 34:53.4, an improvement of two places and 24 seconds over a year ago. classmate Jack Gibson (Ilion, NY/Central Valley Academy) finished 103rd as a senior in 35:50.1 Matthew Sinnenberg (Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) rounded out the team’s top five scorers by finishing 111th in his third regional appearance with a time of 36:14.9.