PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior Victor Ricci (Narragansett, R.I.) led the Seton Hall men’s cross country team for the fourth time in the last six outings at the NCAA Division I Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in Princeton on Friday.
Ricci paced The Hall with a 10K time of 33:13.1 to take 108th place overall in the field of 174. Ricci has scored for SHU in all but one race this season, putting together a campaign that includes four top-25 efforts and a landmark BIG EAST Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week award.
Sophomore Jake Simon (Union, N.J.) came in among the top-two Seton Hall finishers for the first time this season, following a scoring performance at the BIG EAST Championship with a 123rd-place time of 33:43.1. Simon has now ranked among the SHU top-five in each of the last five outings.
Classmate Bryant Cordova (Elizabeth, N.J.) – who topped the list of Pirate finishers for the third time this season at the conference meet – came in at the 33:52.4 mark to extend his scoring streak to three. Cordova (3) and Ricci (4) have combined to lead The Hall in all seven events this fall.
Louis Bustamante (Hamburg, N.J.) clocked in at 34:30.0 to take fourth-place on the team results sheet, adding a fifth scoring time to his collection this season. Fellow sophomore Jeff Larson (Yucca Valley, Calif.) registered a time of 34:47.9 to close the scoring group for a Seton Hall team that placed 23rd overall with a cumulative score of 623.
Georgetown won the team title with 44 points.
The Hall will wrap up the fall cross country season at next week’s IC4A Championships in Van Cortlandt Park, returning to the site where Ricci recorded the program’s best individual finish at the Metropolitan Championships in nearly 10 years; placing 23rd overall on October 9.
The IC4A event is scheduled to be held in conjunction with the ECAC Championships and the Pirates will compete in the university division when competition gets underway on Saturday, November 21.