Canisius’ Chad Maloy was the individual winner at the National Catholic Champion in cross country on Friday. He finished the race in a time of 24 minutes, 49.8 seconds to win the event for the first time in Golden Griffin history.
Canisius finished second overall in the competition by a point to host Notre Dane in an event held in South Bend, Indiana.
“Sometimes the close ones go your way, and sometimes they don’t,” Canisius head coach Nate Huckle said. “I could not be more proud of the way our men went out and raced today. Notre Dame threw everything they had at us today, and we battled them to the line man-for-man. We just fell one point short, but none of our runners could have given any more effort than they did today.”
On the women’s side, the Griffins finished eighth in the event for their second straight top 10 finish. They were eighth last year. Junior Anna Phillips was 23rd in the women’s race with a time of 18:24.4.
“Anna and Carlin (Sullivan, 18:38.5) ran very strong races for us up front,” Huckle said. “They posted the fifth and ninth-best times in program history, and I know they are really just getting started this season. The women showed great potential today as a team.”