BIDDEFORD, Maine -- The Mount Ida men's and women's cross country teams started their 2016 season at the University of New England Invitational, with the women finishing 10th and the men taking 13th place.
Freshman Jame Gassman (Middletown, Conn.) led the way for the women's team with a 32nd place overall finish in a time of 22:52, just three minutes off of the winning pace.
Taylor Lydell (Long Island, N.Y.) took 54th place, finishing in 26:32 and Sam O'Toole (Hudson, Mass.) was in at just over the half hour mark.
On the men's side, Ryan Burch (Greenwich, N.Y.) took 60th place with a 32:15 finish in his first action as a Mustang cross country runner.
Jabari Bradley (Amityville, N.Y.) was just behind with a 78th place finish in a time of 35:22.
The Mustangs will take the course again on September 17th when they head to Dartmouth for the Corsairs Invitational.