Anthony Salvucci has the men’s cross country team off to a good start, winning the Smith Invitational Saturday in Northampton. Salvucci helped his squad earn 2nd place as a team with the victory at Smith College. His time of 26:47.20 is a great start to what could be a remarkable last season for the senior captain.
Salvucci is excited for the potential of the season after the Pride’s performance last weekend.
“I am very pleased with the way the season has started, the team as a whole came back from summer in great shape,” said Salvucci.
Salvucci’s solid performance Saturday was one of the reasons he was named NEWMAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. He knows what an accomplishment it is to get the award, but there is much room for improvement.
“It was great to get the award. I can’t think of a better way to start my senior year, but it’s a long season and we have a lot more work to do before it’s all over,” Salvucci said.
Coach Bryan Brown is very pleased with how Anthony is performing this season as well.
“In the spring he brought his 5k time down to 14:47, and I think it really motivated him that he got his mileage down,” said Brown.
The Pride have extreme depth this year with seven seniors so veteran leadership is certainly something that they will not have to worry about. Seniors Ryan O’Connell and Zach Pietras join Salvucci as the other two captains.
Brown can rely on any of the three captains at any time and is very pleased with the way they lead the team and carry themselves.
“Anthony is such a hard worker and good leader on the team. Pietrus and O’Connell are such a huge part as well,” Coach Brown added.
If the Pride can remain strong throughout the season, they have a great shot at winning the NEWMAC conference.
The great start so early in the season is a tremendous spark for the squad and things can only get better if they carry on this motivation.
“Our top two goals are to win NEWMACS and make Nationals as a team. I believe these goals are very realistic as long as we work hard and have fun,” added Salvucci.
This year’s regional meet is being held in Westfield and the team believes having everyone come out and support this exciting team would be a plus. Being held in the Pride’s backyard, this is definitely some extra motivation for the team in the long run.
Salvucci and the rest of the seniors could help this year’s pack truly accomplish great things.