Wesley Cross Country Heads to Atlantic East Championship

Wesley Cross Country Heads to Atlantic East Championship

Scranton, Pa. - The Wesley Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will head to the Atlantic East Conference Championship Meet on Friday, November 1. The meet is being hosted by first seed Marywood at Lakeland High School just outside of Scranton, Pa.

The Wesley Women's Cross Country team will be led into the conference meet by Senior Jontae Hankins. Last year, Hankins placed 27th in the race and notched a time of 31:35.7. Hankins has broken quite a few PR's this year including her personal best, crossing the line at 25:33 for the 6K race in the Salisbury Invitational. Also competing in the conference meet will be Catherine Bennet, Andrea Lopez Herrera, Aubrey Simpson and Kara Dietrich. The Wolverines are selected to place 6th in the Pre-Championship Poll with 13 points. Marywood is selected in first place with 36 points and 6 first-place votes.

The Wesley Men's Cross Country team will be led into the conference meet by junior Anthony Anastasi. Last year, Anastasi led the Wesley runners with a third-place finish in the 8k with a time of 30:45.2. He ran an average mile of 6:11.1. Brighton Dawson placed sixth with a time of 31:11.4 with an average mile of 6:16.4. With their top-10 finish, Anastasi and Dawson were named First Team All-Atlantic East Conference and are looking to be named to the First Team All-Atlantic East Conference again this year. Rex Chege (31st, 37:50.0) and Ian Thorne (36th, 39:19.9) rounded out the Wesley runners at the Atlantic East meet. As a team, the Wesley men placed second and are looking to come back and fight for that first place title this year. Currently, Anthony Anastasi ranks number 2 in Wesley school history for the 8k race. Brighton Dawson moves to #10 (is currently also placed 7th) and Samuel Courtney debuts at #15. The Wolverines are tied for 3rd in the Pre-Championship Poll with 21 points behind Marymount in second with 29 points and 1 first-place vote and Marywood in first with 36 points and 6 first-place votes.