MASON, OHIO – Sophomore Bryant Cordova (Elizabeth, N.J.) crossed the line with a team-best 8K mark of 25:19.3 to lead the Seton Hall men’s cross country team at the 2015 BIG EAST Championship on Saturday.
As a team, the Pirates took ninth place while Georgetown (33) edged Villanova (34) for the team
crown by a single point. The Wildcats’ Patrick Tiernan became the first three-time individual champion after ranking atop the 81-competitor field.
Cordova is the first Pirate other than Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) to lead The Hall at the conference meet during the current BIG EAST era but the junior Ricci was not far behind; crossing the finish just one second after the Elizabeth product.
Cordova, who paced the Pirates for the first time in the season opener at Monmouth, has now led The Hall a total of three times in six meets this season while Ricci has ranked as the squad’s top performer in the other three.
A trio of sophomores completed the scoring for Seton Hall as SHU received four scoring efforts from underclassmen for the third consecutive season. Jeff Larson (Yucca Valley, Calif.) registered a 25:35.3 mark while classmate Jake Simon (Freehold, N.J.) clocked in at 26:01.9 to place fourth on the squad. Louis Bustamante (Hamburg, N.J.) (26:09.8) was the fifth Seton Hall runner to reach the finish, edging teammate Sean Kip (Union, N.J.) (26:10.4) at the line by .6 seconds.
Ricci and Larson have been among the Seton Hall top-five in every outing of the fall while Simon has also scored for the Pirates in each of the last four meets.
The Hall will be off from competition next week before returning to action at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Princeton, N.J. on Friday, November 13.