James Mas leads Cadet harriers at Amherst Invitational

The St. Joseph boys cross country team placed 20th in Saturday’s Amherst Invitational at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass.

Junior James Mas placed 21st overall in 16 minutes, 22 seconds to lead the Cadets in the 185-runner race.

Junior Nick Zannis placed 63rd in 17:26, while senior Kyle O’Brien placed 126th in 18:51 and senior Evan Aldo placed 139th in 19:07.

Freshman Ryan Haack (163rd, 19:51) and Brian Dineen (167th, 19:58) both had strong races for the Cadets in the 27-team event.

“Amherst is a very competitive race for us,” said St. Joseph coach David Scrivines.  “The western Massachusetts schools are some of the best in the northeast region, so it’s a good training opportunity for us.”

In the junior varsity race, junior Nick Maltese placed 168th overall in 21:41.  Sophomores Nicholas Russo (242nd, 26:11) and Matt Conway (244th, 26:56) also competed, while junior Jaudens Florian placed 250th in 33:07.

In the freshman race, Daniel Marchetti led the Cadets, placing 116th in 22:47.

Additional competitors included, Mark Kendziorski (135th, 23:59), Liam Callahan (138th, 24:07), Anthony Crocco (143rd, 24:16) and Kevin Frattaroli (152nd, 24:58).

St. Joseph returns home today for a five-team battle with Fairfield Ludlowe, Bassick of Bridgeport, Stamford High and Brien McMahon from Norwalk.