NYIT Invitational cross country meet to return to campus Sept. 15

Noah Simatei competes on the 2017 course at NYIT.
Noah Simatei competes on the 2017 course at NYIT.

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — For a third straight cross country season, NYIT will host a meet on campus.

The NYIT Invitational will take place Sept. 15 and will feature a new course, men's and women's coach Lenroy Raffington announced Tuesday.

Maps will be released in late July.

Last season, NYIT freshman sensation and East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year Noah Simatei won the men's race at the NYIT Invitational, posting an 8K time of 24:16.03. The field included competition from Division I programs Fordham and Seton Hall.

On the women's side, freshman Monicah Jebor led the NYIT women by running a 5K time 20:37.98. That was good for eighth in the field. 

Later that fall, Simatei placed a close second in the ECC Championships, which were held on NYIT's Old Westbury campus for the first time. Simatei was edged by Roberts Wesleyan's Josiah Ottolini by less than three seconds. 

Recent ECC Hall of Fame inductee Pete Zinno, NYIT's head coach emeritus, suggested last year's version of the course compared favorably with any other meet in which NYIT participated in 2017.

"The course is extremely challenging based on the concept that it is wavelike — it goes up and down," Zinno said. "It's actually quite scenic, going through woods, running over bridges, going around lakes. And its surface is mostly wood chips, forest trails and grass. It's very attractive."