Rookie Nick Harriman Huskies' First Finisher
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Returning to action after a three-week hiatus, the University of Southern Maine men's cross country team finished fourth among the 10 teams competing Saturday at the annual State of Maine Cross Country Championships held at Pineland Farms.
Nationally-ranked Colby College won the men's title by placing its first five runners among the top nine finishers to score 28 points. Bates College, paced by individual winner James Jones, edged Bowdoin College for the runner-up spot, 45-49. Southern Maine's five scoring runners combined for a total of 131 points.
Freshman Nicholas Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) was USM's first finisher crossing the stripe in 26 minutes, 53.9 seconds to place 25th overall (21st in team scoring). Sophomore Michael Aboud (North Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) was four spots further back in 29th place overall (24th) with a time of 27:04.2.
The Huskies next three finishers were bunch right together. Sophomore Yahya Hussein (Portland, Maine/Deering) was 45th overall (27th) with his time of 27:49.8. Rookie Natale Cardillo (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and senior Roger Charest (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) raced each other to the line to place 47th (29th) and 48th (30th) respectively. Cardillo had a time of 27:58.2 while Charest finished in 27:59.2.
Jones won the individual title covering the 8,000-meter Pineland course in a time of 25:17.3.
Southern Maine is off next weekend, and returns to action on October 29 at the Little East Conference Championship hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.