Huskies Win Title for Third Straight Year
Meier, Vincent and Hoyle All-LEC
SMITHFIELD, R.I. -- The University of Southern Maine men's cross country team used its superior depth to win its third consecutive Little East Conference championship, and seventh since 2006, Saturday in a meet hosted by Rhode Island College at Bryant College.
The Huskies placed their five scoring runners among the top 15 finishers to overcome the University of Massachusetts Corsairs. The Corsairs held a slim 26-30 lead through the first four finishers from each team. USM's fifth man finished nine places ahead of UMD's fifth man to give USM the title, 43-48.
Plymouth State University, paced by the one-two finish of seniors Sam Brunnette and Warren Bartlett, edged Keene State College 83-85, for third place.
Running in difficult conditions due to the weather, sophomore Cameron Meier (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) led the Huskies with his third-place finish. Due to the weather, times were not available at press time.
Junior Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) and sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) came across the finish line in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Rookie Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) and junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) gave USM the decisive points coming home in 12th and 13th place.
Meier, Vincent and Hoyle earned All-Little East Conference by finishing among the top 10. Meier and Vincent earned the honor for the second straight year. The all-conference accolade was the first of Hoyle's cross country career.
The Huskies will take next weekend off as they prepare for the NCAA New England Regional Championship meet on November 10.