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Suffolk's Csiki-Fejer, Manfra Top GNAC Runners at NCAA Cross Country Regionals


BRUNSWICK, Maine – Matyas Csiki-Fejer and Emily Manfra of the Suffolk men's and women's cross country teams made program history Saturday afternoon as the duo ran two all-region accolades at the NCAA Division III New England Regionals hosted by Bowdoin. 

On a wet, cold, misting course, the Csiki-Fejer (pictured) and Manfra each were the top GNAC finishers in their respective fields to be the first-ever Rams to take home regional honors.

Csiki-Fejer's honors came as the freshmen put together a 23rd-place showing in the field of 391 with an 8k time of 25:45.72. He anchored the men's team to a 29th place finish in the field of 58. Just two weeks prior, he claimed 2018 GNAC Men's Rookie of the Year honors after he was the top freshman finisher at the SJC Cross Country Trail. 

Manfra, meanwhile, crossed the women's 6k tape in 22:26.54 to finish 17th out of 399 runners. She awaits final seeding of the National Championships, which will be released tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 11 by 3 p.m. The junior paced Suffolk to a 32nd place finish as a team.  

Manfra's classmate and co-captain Emma Weisse came through the finishes chute in 23:13.58 to take 57th overall and was second amongst all GNAC competitors. Weisse narrowly edged teammate Manfra on October 28 at the GNAC Championships.

For the men, the GNAC's fastest after Csiki-Fejer were Norwich University junior Adam Saucier (25:57.02) in 34th place, Norwich senior Korey Leonard (26:09.27) in 44th, and Norwich senior Brody Hale (26:15.75) in 56th. 

Also hailing from the GNAC with stellar regional performances in the women's 6k were Emmanuel College sophomore Pearl Vercruysse in 67th place (23:24.47) and Simmons University freshman and 2018 GNAC Women's Rookie of the Year Alive Najimy in 101th place (23:55.83). 

Some Information Provided by Suffolk Athletics Communications.