Runnin' Monks have Strong Showing in Hyannis Marathon Relay

Hyannis , MA - For the second year in a row Saint Joseph's College entered three teams comprised of students, alumni, faculty and staff to compete in the 27th annual Four Points by Sheraton Hyannis Marathon held on February 25, 2007. Over 3,000 runners competed in the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay or 10k. Seventy-eight teams competed in the Marathon Relay Division.

Runnin' Monks I was lead off by alumnus Rick Garcia '86 and was followed by Women's Cross Country Captain, Sarah Willis '08. Cross Country Coach, Tom Dann ran the third leg while Men's Captain, Matt Ferguson '07 anchored the team. The Runnin' Monks I posted a second place finish of 2:50:44 behind a very strong Boston College team.

Two other Saint Joseph's teams, Sebago Striders and Runnin' Monks II posted a 7th and 23rd place finish respectively.

Coach Dann noted that the Hyannis Marathon Relay is quickly becoming a Saint Joseph's College running tradition. "The running tradition runs deep at Saint Joe's and this is the sort of event that inspires our current student athletes and attracts quality runners. We've got the tradition and support of our alumni and an athletic director and College staff that is committed to a strong running program. The Hyannis Marathon Relay is a great way to support and bring together the College running community."

Matt Ferguson, who ended up catching and passing three other runners in the final leg of the relay to secure a second place finish, said he would be back for more. "This is what it is all about. It's a great way to end my career as a runner at Saint Joseph's. To run on a competitive team with Coach Dann, Sarah and an alum like Rick who ran on All American teams in the 80's is pretty special. I feel like in some ways I've come full circle and I look forward to coming back next year as an alum and getting another crack at the team from Boston College ."

March 7, 2007 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail cdaniels@sjcme.edu