Nassaney Races: Northeastern, UConn Win

The Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross Country Races were held at Bryant University back on September 7th. We were there doing our usual coverage, but it’s taken a while to get it up on the site. We were reminded of this a week later when Zach Krause (a Northeastern runner) asked us about it. We know Zach, we know…#SlackingOnTheLevel. Better late than never, right?

The aforementioned Zach was part of the winning men’s team as Northeastern place four in the top five to beat out Boston University by a 23 to 65 margin. Leading the charge for Northeastern was Wesley Gallagher, who ran a 15:21 for the 5k cross country course. Full results for the men’s race can be found here.

Next was the collegiate women’s race. Brianna Castrogivanni of Sacred Heart won it with her 17:53.5. It wasn’t enough to carry the day as Brianna’s Sacred Heart team finished fifth. Right behind Brianna was Emily Durgin of UConn (17:56.7), and she led the Huskies to the team victory. UConn bested Quinnipiac by a score of 46 to 85 (full results here).

In the alumni/open race, Bryant legend Jason Eddy (2002) won it (and defended the honor of his institution) with a 16:29. Way to go, Jason. The comeback continues for Mr. Eddy. Maggie Mae, the penultimate alumni team (named after a Pie Tasters song that Shawn Nassaney made a staple of post-meet parties), had a strong showing but ultimately lost the team title to the Navy squad. We think. It’s only rumored thus far. See for yourself here.

As you could tell by the shocked silence in the interview, it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Eric Jenkins had taken his talents to Oregon. While it hurts to lose a runner like that from the area, it’s also cool to see someone of that caliber go to run for a storied program such as Oregon. I felt like I was really behind on my news when they told me that, but in talking to others about it since then I can see that I wasn’t the only one who had no idea. Jenkins will be coming back to Boston with his new team on Friday September 27th for the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park. We cleared our schedules for that and are looking forward to it.

This was the 13th annual race, benefiting the Shawn M. Nassaney memorial fund. Starting in 2012 collegiate races were added. Shawn graduated from Bryant back in 1998, where he was a two time recipient of the team’s Bulldog Award, which was given to the individual who best personified just what it meant to be a Bulldog. To learn more about Shawn, the race and the fund that it all supports, please visit the fund website

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