Christendom’s cross-country teams officially brought the college’s fall sports season to a close this past weekend, with two members of the men’s team and three members of the women’s team competing in a pair of final races in nearby Winchester, Virginia.

Like the rest of Christendom’s fall sports teams, the cross-country teams played an extended preseason this fall due to COVID-19, spending their time in extra practices and conditioning. Thanks to the efforts of other local colleges, the runners were able to compete in a few friendly races over the course of the fall, which proved to be tremendous competitive opportunities for the runners to test themselves and aim to set person records.

The men’s and women’s teams showed great growth over the course of the fall months, leading up to these final races. For the men’s team, freshman Noah Wollersheim came in second overall with a time of 15:53.7, missing first place by only 0.7 seconds. Sophomore Tom Baird finished with a time of 17:23.

Senior Bridget Duffy (left).

In the women’s race, seniors Bridget Duffy and Mary Grace Siwko and sophomore Margaret Kolesar all gave strong performances, finishing with times of 20:42, 22:00, and 28:26 respectively.

The final cross-country race brings athletics at the college to a close for 2020 — the most unusual sports year for the college, but also one that proved the resiliency and perseverance of every Christendom athlete. The work accomplished in the fall semester especially laid the foundation for even more successes for the Christendom Crusaders in the months to come, as they look ahead to full seasons hopefully returning again soon.

For more information, please visit christendomathletics.com.

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