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Serem Tops Collegiate Runners at Opening XC Meet

Sept. 5, 2015

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LINCROFT, N.J. – A first-place performance among collegiate runners from Kelvin Serem highlighted Lafayette’s performance at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off Saturday morning. Serem crossed the line in 19:23.60, edging out St. Francis Brooklyn’s Luis Porto by just over a second and a half to claim the top spot.

Thomas Day, who clocked in at 19:27.32, was right behind in third place in the men’s 6K race, while Stephanie Benko (15:03.10) led the Leopard women in the 4K race with a third-place showing of her own. The men’s and women’s squads each went on to finish second out of five participating schools in the team standings.

“Both teams did a very good job,” head coach Michele Curcio said. “A lot of young kids put up some pretty good performances, highlighted by Kelvin Serem on the men’s side. He’s had his ups and downs since he got here, but I think this is a breakout performance. He and Tom should be a good top twosome heading into the dual meet.”

Freshman David Sadvary was next up for the Lafayette men, finishing in 12th place with a time of 19:45.98. He was followed by Andrew Morra (20:28.96) in 20th place and Reed Oscar (20:33.12) in 22nd place. The Leopards had 59 points for the meet, ranking them 11 points better than third-place Seton Hall and 29 back of the host Hawks.

The women’s team had three runners complete the course at nearly the same time, as Emily Moore (15:47.26), Mikayla Pacilio (15:47.59) and Kelly Reager (15:47.86) finished within a second of each other in 20th through 22nd place overall. Alexa Kwapinski (15:51.23) was near their pace as well and took 24th place. Benko, meanwhile, placed in the top five in the event for a second-straight year.

“Steph is a really consistent performer for us,” Curcio said. “She’s going to do what she does week-in and week-out. Overall, this was a great opening week. We performed better as a team than we did at last year’s meet.”

Lafayette will now have a week off before returning to action with the annual Lafayette/Lehigh Dual Meet. The Leopards will host this year’s competition, which is scheduled to take place on the morning of Sept. 19.

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