It was a big day for Baruch College at the annual Baruch Cross Country 6k Invitational, as the women’s cross country team won first place at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York. Baruch topped the competition, thanks to strong individual performances across the board.
Wendy Gonzalez and Natalie Murawski placed third and fourth respectively. Among Baruch’s top five runners, four of them, including Murawski, were part of the 2016 CUNY Athletic Conference championship, helping Baruch finish third.
The women showed no signs of slowing down, leading Baruch to win the 2017 Invitational. The team with the lowest total points wins the race, and Baruch’s top five finishes totaled the least amount of points among all schools.
Murawski is in her second year with the team, following a debut year which included her being named the CUNYAC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 8, 2016 and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Rookie of the Week on Sept. 10, 2016.
Her contribution helped Baruch get a total time of 2:38:17 and a score of 36, easily beating out Brooklyn College at second place with a score of 56. Lehman College and Queensborough Community College, which earned the individual first and second places respectively, but did not even manage to make it into the top four teams. This shows how essential teamwork is and how the Baruch women capitalized on it to achieve their victory.
The Baruch team members have won the Women’s Cross Country CUNYAC four times in the last decade, coming out as runners-up twice. The team will be looking to continue the streak as it continues to sweep the competition away and use the victories as a confidence boost to go all the way and win the championship.
Over on the men’s side, Baruch managed to win second place at the 8K Annual Invitational, with Alex Wang and Victor Carrano winning third and sixth place respectively. They managed to total 65 points, edging out Yeshiva College to hold on to second place.
This is familiar territory for the cross country men, as they have been runners-up three times in their CUNYAC history, and are looking for their first shot at the gold. They have a relatively new roster competing this year, with the top five team members consisting of three freshmen. Now, more than ever, the team has shown that it has not only been able to pick up where its predecessors left off, but is looking to cement its own legacy as well.
The men are not far behind CCNY, which is in first place with 51 points. They will use everything the team has learned in the first invitational to overcome all obstacles and win the CUNYAC championship.
The men's team will look to improve on its recent history. The team finished fourth last season, which was a two-spot improvement from its 2015 campaign. The team's strong performance is a first step toward a successful season.