Albanese Leads Bentley Women’s Cross Country in Shacklette Invitational

Nikki Sirignano
Nikki Sirignano

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Freshman Samantha Albanese (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield HS) was the number one Bentley University women's cross country runner to the finish line during Saturday's Shacklette Invitational at Saint Anselm College. She covered the 5,000-meter course in 21:28.7 to place 20th in her collegiate debut.

Bentley, with its expected top five runners on the sidelines not competing, placed fifth of seven in the team standings, with a score of 119 points.

Two other Falcons cracked the top 30 with freshman Sarah Brennan (Quincy, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) 28th in 21:54.8 and sophomore Nikki Sirignano (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington HS) 29th in 22:12.5.

Stonehill College, with eight of the top ten finishers, easily claimed the team championship over second-place Saint Anselm and third-place Assumption. The Skyhawks went 1-2-3 with Emily Regan winning the race in 19:17.4.

Bentley is back in action next Saturday with the UMass-Dartmouth Shriners' Classic. 


At Manchester, N.H. 

Team: 1. Stonehill 18, 2. Saint Anselm 57, 3. Assumption 96, 4. Southern New Hampshire 108, 5. Bentley 119, 6. Maine Maritime 183, 7. Daniel Webster 211. 

Top Individuals: 1. Emily Regan, Stonehill, 19:17.4; 2. Julia Berkowitz, Stonehill, 19:34.5; 3. Erin Carmone, Stonehill, 19:35.1; 4. Madeline Hayes, SNHU, 19:42.3; 5. Katie McMahon, Stonehill, 19:47.6.

 Bentley Runners: 20. Samatha Albanese, 21:28.7; 28. Sarah Brennan, 21:54.8; 29. Nikki Sirignano, 22:12.5; 38. Emily Normandin, 22:34.8; 44. Brittany Baudier, 23:04.3; 45. Dusty Rose Sacco, 23:06.8; 52. Arianne Bourgault, 24:09.1; 57. Alix Pettinella, 24:20.5.