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Gallagher leads Lions to 19th straight NJAC title



Galloway, NJ… Senior Andy Gallagher (New Foundland, NJ/West Wilford) placed first in the 2012 New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships as the The College of New Jersey captured its 19th consecutive NJAC title at Richard Stockton College on Saturday.

Gallagher won the race outright, defeating 90 runners with a winning time of 25:13.22. He defeated second-place finisher Jonathan Sewnig from Rowan by more than nine seconds. The Lions won the event handily with just 16 team points. Rowan finished second with 29 points and host Richard Stockton placed third with 30 points.



Junior Dominic Tasco (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater) finished third in the event, while freshman Jack Leahy (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) took fifth overall in his first-ever championship race. Tasco crossed the finish line 25:29.68 and Leahy followed with a time of 25:44.72.

Senior Michael Berti (Brick, NJ/Brick Memorial), junior James Seyffart (South Plainfield, NJ/South Plainfield), and freshman Jon Stouber (Freehold, NJ/Colts Neck) finished 11th, and 12th, and 13th, while Alex Matteson (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) rounded out the top seven for TCNJ in 16th place. Berti crossed the line in 26:05.61, followed by Seyffart in 26:12.18. Stouber posted a time of 26:12.54, while Matteson completed the 8k race in 26:19.89.

The Lions will take a break from competition until Saturday, November 10 when they compete in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships at the University of Rochester. TCNJ raced that course earlier this season.
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Women’s team edge by Rowan
The College of New Jersey women’s cross country team missed regaining the conference championship by a single point as they were edged by Rowan University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships held at Richard Stockton College

The Lions were in position to take their title back from the Profs, but Rowan finished four runners in the top seven spots to retain their second straight NJAC title. The Profs finished with 17 points overall, while TCNJ carried 18 points. Host Richard Stockton took third honors with 27 overall points.

Senior Cathy Goncalves (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) put forth a terrific effort, placing second overall out of 89 runners. She posted a time of 22:01.48 in the 6k race, less than seven seconds off the pace of winner Danielle Czohla of Rowan.

Junior Anginelle Alabanza (East Brunswick, NJ/East Brunswick) finished fifth for TCNJ with a time of 23:05.34. Finishing three spots behind was teammate Jillian Manzo (West Babylon, NY/West Babylon), who placed eighth clocking 23:30.49. Junior Megan Flynn (Robbinsville, NJ/Robbinsville) took 10th place overall, registering a finish of 23:35.83.

Senior Rachel Morris (Marlboro, NJ/Colts Neck) crossed the end-line just outside of the top ten. She posted a time of 23:44.69. Freshman Marissa Lerit (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and sophomore Tara Nealon (Howell, NJ/Howell) rounded out the top seven finishers for TCNJ. Lerit ran a time of 23:49.76 to place 14th overall and Nealon was the 18th runner to complete the race and she did so in 23:51.89.

The Lions will take a break from competition until Saturday, November 10 when they compete in the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championships at the University of Rochester. TCNJ raced that course earlier this season.
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