Cross Country Teams to be Honored Thursday During Basketball Doubleheader

PhilaU XC '09

The men's and women's cross country teams will be honored for their accomplishments during the 2009 season this Thursday, Jan. 21 at halftime of the men's basketball contest against Holy Family University in The Gallagher Athletic Center. 

The cross country teams made Central Athletic Collegiate Conference (CACC) history with a sweep of the conference championships in Oct. No other team has ever won both the men's and women's championships until this year.

The men were led by junior Shawn D'Andrea of Blackwood, N.J., who finished second overall in the conference championship race. For the season, CACC All-Conference performances went to seniors D'Andrea, Andrew Piotrowski and Kirk Tencate; sophomore Tyler Dye; and freshman Kipregeno Kirui.

D'Andrea was named the Philadelphia Inquirer's ‘Runner of the Year' earlier this month for his outstanding season. He currently owns the school record for the 8K (25:39), which he set at the Paul Short Invitational this past season.

The women's team, defending CACC champions, were led this season by sophomore Sarah Simonetti of Perkasie, Pa., who took second overall at the CACC championships. Simonetti made University history competing in the 2009 NCAA Division II National Championships, finishing in the top-third of the race (54th place out of 184 runners).

Along with Simonetti, four other Lady Rams were named CACC All-Conference finalists, including senior Faith Anderson, junior Kaitlin O'Leary, and sophomores Anjelica Dinucci and Gabrielle Dei Tos.

The teams will be honored during half time of the men's basketball game. The women's game starts at 6 p.m. and the men's game begins at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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