Men's Cross Country
NEWTON, Mass. – After finishing in 8th place in last year's Great Northeast Athletic Conference's (GNAC) championship, head men's and women's cross country coach Anthony Dimaio is eager for the 2015 season to begin.
Dimaio, in his third season as head coach has high expectations for the men's side this year.
"I am certainly excited for the upcoming season and look forward to not only having a successful one, but also competing for a GNAC title," explained Dimaio. "On the men's side we return the majority of our team and top three runners from the 2014 team."
Junior Jabari Bradley (Amityville, N.Y.) and senior Gordon Haner (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) alongside sophomore Derek Polish (Bow, N.H.) will look to anchor the Mustangs this season. Bradley voted the team's lone captain, is expected to emerge as the men's top runner.
"I believe the guy's understand what it takes to compete in the GNAC and I know they will push each other to get the most of their athletic abilities," said Dimaio. "I expect Jabari Bradley to not only emerge as our top runner but to lead this team throughout the course of the season. He has come back in excellent shape and has been very consistent through his first three year."
Upperclassmen Cole Davis (Chester, N.H.), Chris Kidger (Groton, Mass.) and underclassmen Alex Perreira (North Attleboro, Mass.), Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) and Eric Walker (Newington, Conn.) will all look to contribute to this year's success.
Women's Cross Country
The 2015 Mount Ida College women's cross country team includes a plethora of upperclassmen, one freshman and one sophomore, but head coach Anthony Dimaio is expecting the green and white to compete right away in 2015.
"The 2015 season is a rebuilding year for the women's side but we have some experienced runners on this year's team and I look forward to seeing the girls compete each week," said Dimaio. Sophomore runner and women's lacrosse goalie Sydney Fredette (Hudson, Mass.) will be looked upon this year to be the lead runner for the Mustangs.
"I am looking at Sydney to build off of her freshman year campaign and help lead the team in the right direction. Sydney is a true competitor, and will push herself as well as her teammates."
The loss of Jessica Roberts (Mendon, Mass.) and senior Emily Bernotas (Quincy, Mass.), the team's top two runners from last year will certainly hurt but Dimaio is relying on his underclassmen and a few new upperclassmen to help drive the team to the GNAC championships in November.
Junior's Rebecca Beaulieu (Weare, N.H.), Parin Dardin (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), Chevona Markel (Torrington, Conn.), and Esmeralda Soto (Dedham, Mass.) will look to anchor the Mustang's throughout the season while freshman Jasmine Vanegas (Dedham, Mass.) will be relied upon to finish strong each weekend for Mount Ida.
The men's and women's cross country teams opened up the 2015 season on Saturday, September 12th at the UNE Invitational on the campus of the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. The men's team finished in 15th place overall while the women finished in 14th.
Both teams will return to action this weekend on Saturday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for the UMass Dartmouth Invitational beginning at 12:00 PM.