Cross Country Set to Make New Strides in 2018 Season

Cross Country Set to Make New Strides in 2018 Season

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jul. 26, 2018) - The Queens College cross country season will begin on Aug. 31 as the Knights look to improve upon last year's performances to vie for the ECC crown.

The Knights finished in sixth place in the ECC women's championship at the end of last fall and seventh in the men's championship, but the team returns nearly all of its performers from one year ago. On the men's side, Luis Campos Castro was the team's best runner but he will be challenged for that position by Clivensky Etienne as the mid-year newcomer performed strongly during track and field season. The women's team will be led by a strong contingent of runners that includes Diana Cruz, Nakeema Neunie and Alyssa Meltzer; all three turned in solid showcases in track and field and cross country last year for the Knights.

The season begins on Aug. 31 as Queens College will make its way to Bethpage State Park to compete in the Adelphi Panthers XC Invitational. A strong field is expected back for the second year of the meet but the competition will be the tip of the iceberg for what should be a fiercely-focused Knights squad under the direction of second-year Head Coach Robert Davis. Queens will race twice in September and October before the ECC Championship meet on Nov. 3 takes place at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. Among the mid-season meets for the Knights are the Iona College-Paddy Doyle Meet of Champions on Sept. 15 at Van Cortlandt Park and the Mount Saint Mary Invitational on Sept. 29 in Newburgh, N.Y. QC will compete on Oct. 6 in New Jersey at the NJIT Highlander Technology Challenge in Newark's Branch Brook Park before rounding out the regular season at the St. Joseph's College Invitational (Oct. 13) at Sunken Meadow State Park in Suffolk County.

The ECC meet will be followed by the qualification-only NCAA Northeast Regional Championship meet on Nov. 17 to be hosted by Adelphi University.