The Lynx Dynasty Continues: Lesley Again XC Champs

The Lynx Dynasty Continues: Lesley Again XC Champs

WATERFORD, CT –Lesley's run of dominance within the New England Collegiate Conference cross country circuit continued Saturday.


Lesley's men’s and women’s cross country teams each took home conference titles at the 2010 NECC Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park.


The Lynx dominated the women’s 5-kilometer race en route to their third straight title with a perfect score of 15 points. Lesley sophomore Noa Kupfer (Woodbridge, Conn.) repeated as women’s champion with a time of 20:19 and was named NECC Runner of the Year for the second time in her career. Lesley freshman Leah Miller (Thomaston, Conn.) finished as runner-up with a time of 20:39 and earned NECC Rookie of the Year honors.


The Lynx also repeated as team champions in the men’s 8-kilometer race with a total of 20 points. Lesley freshman Kyle Casiglio (Shelton, Conn.) crossed the finish line first with a time of 27:00, more than a minute ahead of his closest competitor. He was named both NECC Runner and Rookie of the Year. Mitchell College senior John Hoffman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year with a time of 28:05.


Lesley University head coach Dan Flynn was voted NECC Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s programs. Bay Path College received the NECC Sportsmanship Award for the women while Newbury College took home the honor for the men.


The first nine runners to cross the finish line in the women’s race came from the Lesley squad. Wheelock College finished as runner-up with 70 points to edge out Newbury College at 93 points. Mitchell (108), Elms College (111), Bay Path (181), Daniel Webster College (190) and Southern Vermont College (204) rounded out the scoring in the women’s event.


On the men’s side, Lesley placed seven runners among the top 11 finishers to solidify the team title. Mitchell finished as runner-up in with 47 points while Elms (71) and Southern Vermont (111) completed the team standings.


Nine Lesley women notched all-conference honors. Joining their teammates Kupfer and Miller on the NECC All-Conference First Team were freshman Jessica Foster (York, Pa.), junior Elize McKelvey (Baltimore, Ohio) and freshman Kat Vicino (Mattapoisett, Mass.). The NECC All-Conference Second Team was made up of Lesley freshmen Jacqueline Rosa (Walcott, Conn.), Anastassia Lutkevich (Mansfield, Mass.), Stephanie Burian (Culver, Ind.) and Elizabeth Moses (Lebanon, N.H.), along with Newbury sophomore Solange Thomas (Webster, Mass.).


On the men’s side, joining Casiglio and Hoffman on the NECC All-Conference First Team were Lesley freshman Chris Conforti (Brattleboro, N.H.), Newbury freshman John Morgan (Cumberland, R.I.) and Lesley senior Brian Axelrod (River Vale, N.J.). The NECC All-Conference Second Team was comprised of Lesley freshman Max Bulger (Portland, Maine), Mitchell freshman Drew Castagna (Westerly, R.I.), Lesley sophomore Gus Peluso (Middletown, Md.), Lesley freshman Modesto Boton-Rodriguez (El Quiche, Guatemala) and Elms freshman Jesse Zina (Ludlow, Mass.).


Men’s Cross Country

Runner of the Year – Kyle Casiglio, Lesley University

Rookie of the Year – Kyle Casiglio, Lesley University

Coach of the Year – Dan Flynn, Lesley University

Team Champion – Lesley University

Team Runner-up – Mitchell College

Team Sportsmanship Award – Newbury College


All-Conference First Team

Kyle Casiglio                                       Lesley                   Fr.           Shelton, Conn.

John Hoffman                                     Mitchell                Sr.           Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Chris Conforti                                     Lesley                   Fr.           Brattleboro, N.H.

John Morgan                                      Newbury             Fr.           Cumberland, R.I.

Brian Axelrod                                     Lesley                   Sr.           River Vale, N.J.


All-Conference Second Team

Max Bulger                                         Lesley                    Fr.           Portland, Maine

Drew Castagna                                  Mitchell                  Fr.           Westerly, R.I.

Gus Peluso                                         Lesley                   So.          Middletown, Md.

Modesto Boton-Rodriguez                  Lesley                   Fr.           El Quiche, Guatemala

Jesse Zina                                          Elms                      Fr.           Ludlow, Mass.


Women’s Cross Country

Runner of the Year – Noa Kupfer, Lesley University

Rookie of the Year – Leah Miller, Lesley University

Coach of the Year – Dan Flynn, Lesley University

Team Champion – Lesley University

Team Runner-up – Wheelock College

Team Sportsmanship Award – Bay Path College


All-Conference First Team

Noa Kupfer                                          Lesley                  So.          Woodbridge, Conn.

Leah Miller                                          Lesley                   Fr.           Thomaston, Conn.

Jessica Foster                                     Lesley                   Fr.           York, Pa.

Elize McKelvey                                    Lesley                   Jr.           Baltimore, Ohio

Kat Vicino                                           Lesley                   Fr.           Mattapoisett, Mass.


All-Conference Second Team

Jacqueline Rosa                                 Lesley                   Fr.           Wolcott, Conn.

Anastassia Lutkevich                         Lesley                   Fr.           Mansfield, Mass.

Stephanie Burian                               Lesley                   Fr.           Culver, Ind.

Elizabeth Moses                                Lesley                   Fr.           Lebanon, N.H.

Solange Thomas                               Newbury               So.          Webster, Mass.