WILLIMANTIC — Eastern Connecticut State University’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams participated in the fall athletic season despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the athletes were Lauren Bresson of Roxbury, a senior who majors in health sciences, and Ryan Escoda of Sandy Hook, a junior who majors in accounting. By taking necessary health precautions, as well as cross-country being a no-contact sport, the teams were able to maintain their seasons in a safe manner.
While the season consisted mainly of practices, the teams did compete in one conference meet, the 2020 Virtual Cross-Country Invitational, with the men’s and women’s teams placing first against five other schools.
Both cross-country teams gained victory by placing multiple runners in high finishes.
To compete in the virtual conference, teams had to run a 5,000-meter course of their choosing and send in their results.
Eastern chose to run the Hop River Trail on Oct. 23, including all but two runners on the men’s and women’s teams.
Among 42 runners, Eastern’s men had the top three lowest finishing times, with juniors Ryan Escoda in first, Tyler Wright in second and John Walker in third. Tied for third overall out of 37 female runners, senior Lauren Bresson and sophomore Kelsey Zator helped secure Eastern’s win for the women.
The men securing a 19-point victory, while the women’s team was victorious by 15 points.