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Griffs win Little Three cross country meet

Kerry Caher of St. Bonaventure led the women runners, and Canisius won both the men’s and women’s team titles Saturday in the Little Three cross country meet over a 5K course at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown. Niagara was second among men’s teams. St. Bonaventure was second in the women’s team scoring.

Caher, an All-Atlantic 10 performer last season, covered the 5K distance in 17:55.5, more than a minute faster than runner-up Carlin Sullivan of Canisius (18:59.6). Niagara’s top finisher was Brianna Malanga, who was 10th in 19:49.5.

Canisius swept the first seven places in the men’s race for a perfect score of 15. Chad Maloy led the Griffs in 15:32.8. Brennan Root, Jeff Antolos, Mike Anvelt and Xavier Sauvageau were the next four to cross for Canisius.

Nick Orlowski was Niagara’s top finisher. He was eighth in 16:09.3. Eleventh place by Harley Thompson (16:27.0) led Bona.