Justin Lippert and Tom O'Neill (the two in uniform on the left) here at the 2013 Group Championships celebrating their team victory for Group 3. / Photo by Robert Kellert for MileSplit
With the opening weekend of college cross country we saw two former Middletown North leaders and Group 3 State Champions start their college racing careers.
Tom O'Neill started things off with a bang winning his first ever college race. He took the "1 Card" while dancing with the new distance of a 6K and churned out a 4:58 mile pace final time of 18:32.90! His new school, the Providence College Friars took first overall with 19 points defeating the University of New Hampshire and the College of Holy Cross.
Justin Lippert wore his new teams colors for the first time as well this weekend as he now runs for the Clemson Tigers. Out of the 47 runners at the Clemson Tiger Invitational Justin finished 22nd overall and was the 10th freshmen in a young field. With a time of 21:38.54 in the 4 mile which is 5:24 pace.