DALLAS, Pa. – Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) was the first runner across the line for The University of Scranton men's cross country team in Friday's season opener, finishing 24th at the Misericordia Invitational.
Smith covered the 5,000-meter course in 17:51.0 as the Royals finished fifth in the nine-team event. Six other Scranton runners finished in the top 35 as the team used the event as a final tempo run heading into the bulk of the season.
Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) finished 28th in 17:56.9, and was closely followed by freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose), who was 29th in 17:57.2, and freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia), who as 30th in 17:57.8.
Sophomore Chris Baldwin (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished 32nd in 18:12.9, senior Nick Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) was 34th in 18:22.2, and junior Matt Barrett (Wycoff, N.J./Indian Hills) was 35th in 18:27.5.
Scranton finished the event with 143 points. Lebanon Valley won the team title with 40 points, edging the host, Misericordia, which had 42 points.
The Royals will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 9, when they run in the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at 10 a.m.