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Alumni news for September 28

Evan Minor ('17) finished in 88th place overall (5th for the team) with a time of 26:04 and Brendan McGill grabbed 126th place in 26:56 on Friday at the UVA Panorama Farms 8km Invitational in Earlysville, VA. Evan and Brendan both represent Bucknell University. There were 164 runners representing 16 teams at the meet and Bucknell finished in 13th place. Nice job men!!

Evan Minor
Evan Minor

Viking boys run hard at the Bowdoin Classic!!


Our Viking boys ran hard at the Bowdoin XC Classic in Wappingers Falls yesterday, with the varsity squad taking 12th place in the Varsity 1 race and the JV grabbing 14th in the JV 1 race. The course at Bowdoin Park is beautiful, overlooking the Hudson River, but also challenging, with plenty of hills to conquer!

Dylan Fritz led the way for the varsity boys, finishing in 4th place with a time of 16:58. He was followed by Luke Higgins in 12th at 17:13, Matthew Deacon in 80th at 18:50, Nik Oliver in 112th at 19:34, Sam Dispenza in 114th at 19:41, and Noah Carey in 167th at 22:15. There were 28 teams with 189 runners in the race.

The JV boys were led by Christian Beard in 52nd place with a time of 20:28. He was followed by Evan Masiello in 66th place at 21:10, Owen Minor in 76th at 21:19, Crosby Wilken in 119th at 22:32, and Ryan Firko in 152nd at 25:30. There were 20 teams with 179 runners in the race.

Great job gentlemen!!! We are so proud of you!!!

Dylan Fritz
Dylan Fritz

Alumni News for September 21

Nick Raefski ('15) finished in 26th place overall and 3rd for his Fordham University XC team with a time of 25:53 and Robert Whitney ('16) finished in 113th place overall and 5th for his Cornell University XC team with a time of 29:10 at the Iona XC Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park in NYC. Fordham and Cornell finished in 5th and 9th places respectively, with 18 teams and 153 runners represented in the race. Great job men!!!

Lauren Wagner ('19) finished in 25th place overall and first for her American University XC team with a time of 22:56 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Va, on Friday. American finished in 5th place out of 8 teams, behind Virginia Tech, Duke, Clemson and Univ. of Miami. Way to go Lauren!!

Matt Vira ('16) finished in 55th place overall and 6th for his Bucknell University XC team with a time of 26:46 at the Lock Haven University Invitational. Bucknell finished in 3rd place overall, behind Lock Haven and Penn State. Great job Matt!!

Nikki Cassavell ('18) finished in 173rd place overall and 5th for her University of Rhode Island XC team with a time of 20:19 at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in Boston on Friday, helping her team finish in 20th place. Great Job Nikki!!

Nick Raefski
Nick Raefski

Alumni News for September 14

Daniel McConnell ('19) finished in 39th place with a time of 27:36 for Bates College at the Bates Super XC 8km Shootout in Gray, Maine.  There were 76 runners in the race and Daniel placed 11th of the 25 freshmen. Bates finished in first place overall, ahead of Connecticut College, Tufts, Middlebury and Southern Maine. 

Great job Daniel!!! Still Viking strong!!!

Daniel McConnell
Daniel McConnell

Girls Battle Hard at Ocean County Park!

September 13, 2019

The Viking girls' XC team  ran hard today at the Battle @ Ocean County Park in Lakewood. The races were by grade, with the freshmen running 3km and the other grades running 5km. 

Emma McGill continued her strong season by winning the juniors race with a time of 18:46,  46 seconds ahead of the second place runner! Zoey Cassavell took 23rd  place in the race with a time of 21:25.

In the seniors race, Emily Sell took 8th place at 19:05, Grace Pankuck 14th at 20:05,  Emma Pankuck 34th at 21:04 and Cate O'Brien 63rd at 23:33.

The sophomore girls took 4th place overall out of 12 teams, 144 runners. Darby Roskowski grabbed 11th place with a time of 20:12, Julia Romero and Alina Staten finished 20th and 21st at 20:50, Kerrigan Brennan 48th at 22:32, Lindsey Kinsky 69th at 23:41, and Mia Abramo 79th at 24:20.

The freshmen girls finished in 6th place out of 8 teams, 132 runners. Cecelia Jelvani took 43rd place in 14:39, Gabrielle Jelvani 42nd at 15:03, Emily Robbins 55th at 15:30, Madison Bonocore 67th at 16:05, Alyssa Pershad 80th at 16:06 and Amelia Weldon 87th at 16:55.

Awesome job ladies!!! Keep up the great work!! We are so proud of you!

Cate O'Brien, Grace Pankuck, Emily Sell,  Emma Pankuck
Cate O'Brien, Grace Pankuck, Emily Sell, Emma Pankuck

The Viking Sophomores take 5th place at the Cherokee Challenge!!

September 7, 2019


The sophomore boys ran hard yesterday at the Cherokee Challenge in Marlton, NJ, finishing 5th overall! The Voorhees team as a whole finished a very strong 6th place out of 62 teams overall!!! Runners ran by grade.


There were 383 runners in the sophomore race. Jack Tavaglione placed 2nd, with a lightning time of 10:05! Other top finishers were Matthew Deacon, 23rd, 10:50 and Christian Beard, 42nd, 11:13. 

In the Junior race, Nik Oliver finished 59th, 11:06 and Sam Dispenza placed 226nd, 12:51.


The seniors top performers were Luke Higgins 6th, 10:03 and Dylan Fritz, 8th, 10:03 and for the freshman, William Kaiser grabbed 15th place with a time of 11:24.


Great job boys!!!!! 

Luke Higgins
Luke Higgins

The Viking Girls Rock Roxbury!!!

September 7,  2019

The Girls XC team had an incredible season opener yesterday at the Roxbury Invitational in Roxbury, NJ. The meet was well represented, with 45 teams from all over the state competing and our ladies finished in 2nd place overall behind Mendham.

 Emma McGill led the way for the Vikings, clocking in the overall fastest overall girls' time of the day and helping her Fastest Four team take 1st place out of 21 teams. Emma's 1st place time of 18:12 was a 29 second PR.  Emily Sell took 5th place, 19:17, Grace Pankuck 13th, 19:43 and Emma, 42nd,  20:52. There were 100 runners in the race and our girls edged out 2nd place Ridge, 56-60.

Go here to see Emma's interview on NJMilesplit!!

In the Girls Future Four race, Darby Roskowski finished 5th overall, with a time of 20:17. Julia Romero came in 11th, 21:13, Zoey Cassavell 19th, 21:49 and and Kali Torkildsen 33rd, 21:41. They finished 4th overall out of 25 teams!!

The JV team finished in third place out of 12 teams. The top finishers were  Alina Staten 4th , 21:00,  Kerrigan Brennan 11th, 22:08,

Gabrielle Jelvani 25th, 22:49, Cecelia Jelvani 31st, 23:09 and 

Lindsay Kinsky 40th, 23:35.  There were 151 runners overall in the race.

Great meet ladies!!! What a great start to the season!

Emily Sell, Grace Pankuck, Emma McGill and Emma Pankuck
Emily Sell, Grace Pankuck, Emma McGill and Emma Pankuck

Alumni News for September 7, 2019

Evan Minor (’17) finished in 16th place with a time of 20:48 and Matt Vira (’16) finished in 47th place with a time of 21:42 for 

Bucknell on Saturday at the Harry Lang Invitational at Colgate University. There were 83 runners in the 6.4km race and 

Bucknell finished in fourth place behind Syracuse, Navy and BU. Nice job men!!

Nikki Cassavell ('18) finished in 39th place with a time of 20:22 at the Bryant Nassaney Invitational 5K in Smithfield , R.I., helping Rhode Island University finish in 5th place overall out of 9 teams. Great job Nikki!!

Daniel McConnell ('19) finished in 17th place with a time of 20:45 in the Frosh/Soph. 6km race at the Bates/Colby Class Wave Races in New Gloucester, Maine. Colby edged out Bates 28-27 in the race. Way to go Daniel!!

Evan Minor
Evan Minor

Alumni News for August 30, 2019

At the Pitt Panther Opener on August 30, Brendan McGill (’16) finished in 12th place with a time of 18:33, Evan Minor (’17) finished in 26th place with a time of 19:10, and Matt Vira (‘16) finished in 45th place with a time of 40:43. Bucknell finished in 2nd place overall behind Pitt. The race was on held the grounds of the iconic Carrie Blast Furnace National Historic Landmark outside of Pittsburgh. Great job gentlemen!! 

Lauren Wagner (’19) led the way for the American University women, finishing in 27th place with a time of 19:15 at the Mount St. Mary’s 5k Duals in Emmitsburg, MD. American finished in 6th place overall. Awesome first race Lauren!!

Brendan McGill
Brendan McGill