Freshmen lead men's cross country at Shacklette Invitational

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College men's cross country team placed fifth at the Shacklette Invitational as freshmen accounted for four of the team's top-five finishers on Saturday afternoon.


In his first collegiate race, Ryan Sullivan paced the Hawks with an 18th-place finish in 28:05 on the five-mile course. Fellow freshman Jordan Cook and sophomore Anthony Galasso placed 37th (29:03) and 38th (29:07), respectively.

Ben Sweesy and Brodie Deshaies made it four freshmen in Saint Anselm's top-five and were separated by just eight seconds. Sweesy came in 46th in 30:02, while Deshaies was 48th in 30:10.

Adam Pakalnis placed 53rd in the field with Trent Briggs, Hugh Cameron, Timothy Stap and Adam Scott rounding on Saint Anselm's finishers.

As a team, the Hawks finished with 147 points, comfortably ahead of sixth-place Saint Michael's. Stonehill had five of the top-10 finishers to win the team event with 24 points, followed by Merrimack (45 points), Assumption (66 points) and Bentley (84 points).

Next up for Saint Anselm is the Smith College Invitational in Northampton, Mass. on Saturday, Sept. 9.