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Lodge leads Bryant Cross Country at Ted Owen Invitational

Lodge leads Bryant Cross Country at Ted Owen Invitational


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. --  Bryant senior Melissa Lodge (Hopkinton, Massachusetts) finished third overall, the highest finish of her career, as the Bryant University cross country team competed at the Ted Owen Invitational on Saturday in New Britain, Connecticut.

The Bulldog women placed fourth among the 11 schools invited, while the men's team ran to a seventh-place finish among the nine schools running.

The men were again led by Noah Tellier (North Kingstown, Rhode Island), who finished 25th overall with a time of 28:21.6 in the 8K course.


"I am pleased with how both teams performed today," Bryant cross country head coach Noah Carroll said. "We sat one of our top-five runners and still were able to compete well. I think our top three guys picked up 10 places each in the last mile.

"The women ran well. Melissa [Lodge] has started to bounce back from an early-season injury really well," Carroll continued. "Another week and I think she will be able to tackle pretty much anything. It was a hot day and there was some illness going around the women's team, but they were still able to finish a close fourth overall which shows just how tough this group is."


Sacred Heart – 24

Saint Francis U – 61

Central Connecticut – 84

Bryant – 135

Wagner – 147

LIU Brooklyn – 159

New Jersey Institute of Technology – 216

Hartford – 216

Fairfield – 222

St. Francis Brooklyn – 303


Sacred Heart – 36

Saint Francis U – 43

Wagner – 112

Central Connecticut – 117

New Jersey Institute of Technology – 130

Hartford – 156

Bryant – 164

Fairleigh Dickinson – 212

St. Francis Brooklyn - 222


Melissa Lodge – 18:21.6

Jacklyn Sullivan – 19:18.8

Olivia Weiss – 19:53.7

Caroline Meizen – 21:12.8

Breann Campise – 21:28.6

Sarah Lapham – 21:41.4

Ellie Goyette – 22:27.3

Kierstin Lock – 22:34.0


Noah Tellier – 28:21.6

Ryan Poholek – 28:37.9

Jordan Dagrin – 28:39.8

Robert McCabe – 29:22.7

Alexander Evans – 30:36.0

Chris Wrenn – 30:50.4

Brian Salit – 32:00.2

Joseph Suita – 33:46.8


  • Lodge's finish was a 1:09 better than her 2016 run on the same course. Last year, she ran to a 70th-place finish, while the 2017 run saw her finish third.
  • Jacklyn Sullivan (Plymouth, Massachusetts) also improved in 2017, finishing 13th overall in 2017 compared to a 43rd-place finish in the previous year.
  • Ryan Poholek (North Attleboro, Massachusetts) shaved 29 seconds off of his course time. In the 2016 Ted Owen, Poholek completed the course in 29:06.6, while the 2017 race timed him at 28:37.9. The Bryant senior finished 32nd in the field of 85 runners.


The Bulldogs will compete in the Paul Short Run on Friday, Sept. 29. The meet is set to begin at 9:30 a.m.