BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Paced by sophomore Chandler Vincent's (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) fourth-place finish, the youthful University of Southern Maine men's cross country finished third among the 12 teams competing Saturday at the annual State of Maine Championships held at Bowdoin College.
The Huskies third-place result was their best at the State meet since 2011 when they were third. Bates College, on the strength of five top 10 finishes (3-5-6-7-10), captured the team title with 31 points. Host Bowdoin, with a one-two finish from juniors Ben Torda and Sean MacDonald, was runner-up with 42. Southern Maine totaled 69 points.
Vincent covered the 8,000-meter Bowdoin men's course in a time of 25 minutes, 59.5 seconds to finish in fourth place. Torda, MacDonald, Bates senior Zach Magin, and Vincent were the only competitors to break the 26-minute barrier.
Rookie Cameron Meier (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was the Huskies second finisher placing 13th with a time of 26:34.8. Junior Ben Foster (Gorham, Maine) and rookie Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) finished 16th and 17th overall (15th and 16th in scoring) with times of 26:43.4 and 26:58.7 respectively. Junior Michael Aboud (North Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) completed USM's top five scoring runners with his 25th-place finish overall (21st in scoring), crossing the finish line in 27:22.7.
Torda won the individual title in a time of 25:25.3
Southern Maine is off next weekend as it makes final preparations for the annual Little East Conference Championships on October 28th at Keene State College.