Cross Country

2009 Season in Review

Ever-improving Panthers Run Well at Skylines, ECACs

Purchase, NY (Nov. 16, 2009) – The Purchase College Cross Country teams ran well in 2009, finishing among the best at Skyline championships and putting in a respectable showing at the highly competitive Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships.

Youthful legs helped women’s cross country excel. With four Top 5 finishes, including a solid fourth place finish at this year’s Skyline Championships, the women’s team has a lot to be proud of. The team’s sophomore combo and co-captains of Colleen Walker and Jessica Phumalee led the Panthers in five of their seven races.

Walker was the top finisher in every meet for Purchase, helping her land on the conference’s prestigious Honor Roll an astounding five times during the season. Sara Ricci, Amanda Chemeche and Jennifer Hansen are all expected to return in their senior outings next year. Mixed with their young star power, the women should be back in the mix next fall.

[Pictured above: COLLEEN WALKER (far left) PACED THE PANTHERS THROUGHOUT THE FALL. -Photo by Oren Vourman]

From a team perspective, the men supplied the majority of the buzz in the headlines. The men also turned in four Top 5 finishes this year and won the 2nd Annual Purchase Invitational. Led by standout sophomore Keith Greenbaum, the Panthers edged out Hunter by four points in their own invite. Greenbaum and senior co-captain  Max Hendrickson led the way in racking up the accolades for Purchase. The duo each landed two Honor Roll nods for the year, even sharing a spot in mid-September.

At the Skyline Championships held at Van Cortlandt Park, sophomore Zach Wilson carried the team to a fifth place finish behind a 31:18.30 finish in the 8K.  

With a strong core of underclassmen in place and a bright recruiting class expected next fall, Purchase should once again contend in 2010.

-Mike Zacchio

2009 Meet Recaps:
Panthers Cap Season at ECACs
Walker Shines at Championships
Panthers Use SJC Invite to Tune-up for Chips
Panthers Run in James Earley Invite
Men Run 10th at MSM
Panthers Take Part in Bard Invite
Dazzling Display for Host Purchase
X-Country Teams Place 5th at Vassar

2009 News:
Strong Run at Chips Lands Walker on HR
Walker Named to Honor Roll for Fourth Time
Hendrickson, Walker Back on Honor Roll
Greenbaum, Walker and Hendrickson Recognized
Walker, Greenbaum Named to Honor Roll

2009 Fall Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 9/5/09 Vassar College Invitational
@ Vassar College -Poughkeepsie, NY

M-5th Place
W-5th Place

@ Purchase College -Purchase, NY
M-1st Place
W-3rd Place
Sat. 9/19/09

Bard College Invitational*
@ Bard -Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

M-8th Place
W-6th Place
Sat. 10/3/09

Mount Saint Mary Invitational*
@ MSM -Newburgh, NY

M-10th Place


Westfield State Invitational
@ Westfield State-Westfield, MA

M-19th Place
W-17th Place



St. Joseph's-LI Invitational*
@ Sunken Meadow Park -Patchogue, NY

M-5th Place
W-5th Place

Sun. 11/1/09 Skyline Championships
@ Van Cortlandt Park -Bronx, NY
M-5th Place
W-4th Place
Sat. 11/7/09 ECAC Championships
@ Williams College -Williamstown, MA
M-42nd Place
W-35th Place

M - Men
W - Women

*League Meets

2008 Season in Review

Panthers Continue to Move Forward
Seegers, Walker Named All-Skyline

Purchase, NY (Nov. 10, 2008) – The Purchase College cross-country teams enjoyed another successful run in the Skyline Conference in fall 2008.

With a third place finish for the women’s team and a fifth place showing for the men’s team in the league championships, the Panthers continue to improve each season with their eyes on winning the Skyline crown.                                                                                                       

After battling their way through the Skyline Championships, the Panthers put on their running shoes and made history at the ECAC’s as the women’s team made their first-ever entrance into one of the most prestigious DIII events in the country. Purchase finished 34th out of 42 schools. Meanwhile, the men’s team placed 41st of 48 teams.                                                                                                           

All-Skyline First Team selection Maya Seegers finished fourth in the Skyline’s with a time of 21.57, and 91st overall in the ECAC’s with a time of 26.46.

The men’s team was championed by co-captain Phil Gallo, who came in 15th place at the league championships behind a time of 29.43 and ran at a pace of 30.36 in the 8K at the ECAC final in Bristol, Rhode Island.

The ’08 campaign was filled with many highlights for the Panthers, including a first-place finish for the women’s team in the augural Purchase College Invitational. The women’s team also ran three events in which they placed second in a field of 10 or more. The men’s team finished second at the Purchase Invitational, and had four top 10 finishes on the year.

A veteran squad, the women’s team says goodbye to three of their seniors who will be graduating in May. Top runner Amelia Feuer, Breanna Schebell, and co-captain Noel O’Donnell will all be missed. Their presence will look to be filled by underclassmen Jessica Phumalee and All Skyline Second Team selection Colleen Walker.

The men’s team saw the rise of rookie phenoms Julian Norton and Zach Wilson. Wilson was one of the top performers for the Panthers, and together with Norton, the tandem should give Purchase the dynamic duo to once again be a threat in the Skyline Conference next fall.

-Oren Vourman and Bobby Ciafardini, SID

2008 Meet Recaps:
Panthers Conclude Season at ECACs
Purchase Finishes Strong at Championships
Panthers Run Strong at St. Joe's Invite
Purchase Competes at James Earley Invitational
Panthers Light Up Lightning Invite
Panthers Excel at Bard
Women Run Away with Victory in First Ever Invitational
Panthers Start Strong at Vassar

2008 News:
Seegers Captures Fourth Skyline Honor
Feuer, Wilson Garner Runner of the Week Honors
Repeat Honors for Seegers, Wilson
Seegers, Wilson Named Runners of the Week
Seegers Kicks Season Off with Runner of the Week Honor
Clark Named New Assistant Coach

2008 Fall Schedule

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 9/6/08 Vassar College Invitational
@ Vassar College -Poughkeepsie, NY

W - 5th of 11
M - 7th of 8

@ Purchase College
W - 1st of 4
M - 2nd of 4 
Sat. 9/20/08

Bard College Invitational
@ Bard -Annandale on Hudson, NY

W - 2nd of 15
M - 8th of 17
Sun. 10/5/08

Lehman College -Bronx, NY

W - 2nd of 12
M - 4th of 12


James Earley Invitational
@ Westfield State -Westfield, MA

W - 14th of 22
M - 16th of 21



St. Joseph's-LI Invitational*
@ Sunken Meadow Park -Patchogue, NY

W - 2nd of 13 
M - 6th of 13

Sat. 11/2/08 Skyline Championships
@ Bard -Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
W - 3rd of 10
M - 5th of 10
Sat. 11/8/08 ECAC Championships
-Bristol, RI
W - 34th of 42
M - 41st of 48

W - Women
M - Men


2007 Season in Review

Panthers Building a Championship Caliber Legacy

Purchase, NY The Purchase College men's and women's cross-country teams are ever-improving. This season saw a series of firsts: From a top finish in the Skyline Championships to a first ever ECAC Championship berth as team.

The women’s team finished in second place out of eight teams, scoring 63 points at championships. The men’s team finished third with a total of 91 points. Maya Seegers (SO/Greenwich, NY) finished in second place for the women with a time of 21:40 in the 5K. Seegers received All-Skyline honors along with seventh place finisher and fellow teammate Patricia Gaeta (SR/Niagara, NY), who finished with a time of 22:22.

Patrick Martin (SR/Greenwich, NY) led the Panthers with a seventh place finish and received All-Skyline honors.

2007 Meet Recaps: 
Panthers Make History at ECACs
Top Finishers at League Chip; Three Named All-Skyline
Women Take 3rd at St. Joe's
Panthers Shine at James Earley Invitational
Panthers Medal at Bard, Lehman
PC Runners Among Competitive Field at NYU Invite
High Temps at Vassar Don't Slow Panthers

2007 News:
Three In a Row for Seegers
Martin, Seegers Repeat as Runners of the Week
Seegers, Martin Named Skyline Runners of the Week

2007 Fall Results

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 9/8/07 Vassar College Invitational
@ Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY

W - 10th
M - 10th

Sat. 9/15/07 New York University Invitational
@ Van Cortland Park
W - 21st
M - 22nd
Sat. 9/22/07

Bard College Invitational
@ Bard - Annandale on Hudson, NY

W - 11th
M - 10th
Sun. 9/30/07

3rd Annual Lehman Lightning Invitational
@ Van Cortland Park

W - 8th
M - 7th
Sat. 10/6/07 James Early Invitational
@ Westfield State College, MA
W - 15th
M - 19th


St. Joseph's - Patchogue
@ Sunken Meadow Park - Patchogue, NY

W - 3rd
M - 7th

Sun. 10/28/07 Skyline Championships
@ Bard College
W - 2nd
M - 3rd
Sat. 11/3/07 ECAC Championships
@ Williams College
W - ++
M - 34th

W - Women
M - Men

++ The women's team competed individually at ECACs.

2006 Fall Results

Day Date Opponent Time/Results
Sat. 9/9/06 Vassar College
@ Vassar College - Poughkeepsie, NY
W - 6th
M - 7th
Sat. 9/16/06 Baptist Bible College
@ Baptist Bible - Clarks Summit, PA
W - 2nd
M - 5th
Sat. 9/23/06 Bard College
@ Bard College - Annondale, NY
W - 7th
M - 8th
Sun. 10/1/06 Lehman Invitational
@ Van Cortlandt Park - Bronx, NY
W - 3rd
M - 3rd
Sat. 10/7/06 Westfield State Invitational
@ Stanley Park - Westfield, MA
W - 10th
M - 18th


St. Joseph's - Patchogue
@ Sunken Meadow Park - Patchogue, NY
W - 2nd
M - 10th
Sat. 10/28/06 NEAC Championships
@ Keystone College - La Plume, PA
W - 6th
M - 8th

2006 X-Country Season

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