ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Fredonia junior Ethan Francis (Dunkirk, N.Y.) finished a strong third Saturday at the University of Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational cross country meet.
Francis covered the 8,000 meters at Genesee Valley Park in 26:11.3. It was his closet finish to the top since finishing second at the 2016 Blue Devil Invitational.
Second in scoring for Fredonia -- ninth overall -- was senior Merlin Joseph Jr. (Binghamton, N.Y.) in 26:33.0. The remaining three scorers were senior Mitch Loiacano (Lockport, N.Y.), freshman Ryan Dunning (Syracuse, N.Y.), and sophomore Aidan Pollard (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). Displacement runners were sophomore Kyle Egan (Monroe, N.Y.) and freshman Noah Watkins (Cortland, N.Y.).
Donovan, Guarino finish back-to-back
Brenna Donovan (Youngstown, N.Y.), a junior, and senior Kristen Guarino (Bergen, N.Y.), finished 16th and 17th, respectively, separated by less 4.5 seconds across the 6,000-meter course. Donovan was timed in 23:50.2 and Guarino in 23:54.7.
Fredonia's next three scoring runners were junior Hannah Kurbs (Lockport, N.Y.), senior Madison Courtney (Getzville, N.Y.), and freshman Sarah Kurbs (Lockport, N.Y.), followed by junior Emily Maguire (Oakdale, N.Y.) and freshman Caitlin Clonan (Cazenovia, N.Y.) as the displacement finishers.