Men’s, women’s cross country announce team captains

Pictured: The 2016 women’s cross country team at the Roger Williams Invitational

The men’s and women’s cross country teams have announced their captains for the fall 2017 racing season. Scott Brewer ’18, Dan Donnelly ’19, Dave Napierkowski ’18 and Andrew Sardelli ’18 will lead the men’s team, while Alexa Cipkas ’18, Alex Demeo ’19, Hannah Lussier ’18 and Olivia Wilson ’18 will lead the women’s team.

Brewer and Donnelly have both raced in regional championship meets and will look to be squarely inside the scoring five as the 2017 campaign progresses. Both have experience as varsity regulars, with Brewer first breaking into the lineup in 2014, and Donnelly moving into the varsity ranks in 2016.

Cipkas has appeared in two NCAA Division III New England regional championships and has been a steady varsity contributor during her time on the team. She is also part of the lineup that holds the program record for aggregate time at 5,000 meters. Cipkas shared the team’s rookie of the year Award in 2014.

Demeo is a veteran of the last two NCAA Division III New England regional championships and also holds a share of the program record for aggregate time at 6,000 meters. Her personal best at 6,000 meters stands among the top 30 on the all-time list.

Lussier earned postseason appearances in 2015 and 2016, representing the program in the ECAC Division III cross country championships. She has demonstrated improvement at 5,000 meters and 6,000 meters over the last three years.

Napierkowski holds a share of the program record for aggregate time at 8,000 meters, having run one of the 20 fastest 8,000-meter times in the history of the men’s cross country team. He shared the team’s rookie of the year award in 2014 and has been a regular varsity contributor throughout his years at Salve Regina.

Sardelli was honored as the program’s most improved runner in 2015. A veteran of postseason racing, he represented the team in the last three NCAA Division III New England regional championships. His personal best at 8,000 meters stands among the top 40 performances on the program’s all-time list.

Wilson holds a share of the program records for aggregate time at 5,000 meters and 6,000 meters, and her personal best at 6,000 meters stands at No. 8 on the program’s all-time list. She is a veteran of the last three NCAA Division III New England regional championships and has been a varsity regular throughout her years in Newport.

The Seahawks open their season at the Roger Williams Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 2.

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