BUFFALO, NY – On a picture perfect afternoon in Amherst, the University at Buffalo cross country teams produced a pair of top-3 three team finishes at the annual UB Stampede Invite at the Audobon Golf Course. Sophomore Stephanie Ward improved on her second place finish at the event last season with a dominating victory in the women's race while Dan Muldoon posted a top-10 finish for the UB men.
The Buffalo women took home second place for the second straight season as they collected 47 points, just short of the first place UConn Huskies who notched 23 points. Vermont, Binghamton and McMaster wrapped up the top-5 in the women's 6K race.
The UB men competed in the biggest field, 10 teams, in the UB Stampede history and were able to take home third place with 78 points. The Bulls finished behind Pittsburgh (33 points) and McMaster (40 points) while finishing ahead of Western Ontario (120 points) and Binghamton (132 points) for the solid finish.
Ward continued her strong start to her sophomore campaign on Friday afternoon as she led wire-to-wire and posted her second straight first place finish in the women's 6K race. The Honeoye, NY native dominated the field on Friday as she finished in 21:08.90, 38 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Mia Nahom from UConn. Senior Morgan Mahoney finished off her strong race with an eighth place finish in 21:58.50 while sophomore Sylvia Russell posted an 11th place finish in 22:05.30. Rachel Barich and Laura Libruk were able to post 16th and 17th place finishes, respectively, while freshman Christiana Berge placed 22nd in 22:31.50.
On the men's side, junior Dan Muldoon paced the Bulls in the 8K race as he collected an eighth place finish in 25:18.70. Muldoon had a strong race from start to finish as he led a young Buffalo squad to a third place finish, one spot ahead of last year's finish at the event. A pair of sophomore's turned in top-15 performances on Friday as Benjamin Cardamone continued his strong season with a 14th place finish in 25:41.90 and William Hilbert notched a 15th place finish in 15:47.10. The next three finishers for UB were a pair of underclassmen in Peter Kane (19th place), Christopher Nowak (24th place) and a senior John McCarthy who finished in 27th place in 26:09.60.
Buffalo will return to action in two week's as they head to Lehigh University on Friday, September 29 for the Paul Short Invite. The races will begin at 9:30 am.