Southern Maine Men's XC Team Places 11th at NCAA Regional
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Led by sophomore Cameron Meier (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat), the University of Southern Maine men's cross country team finished in 11th place among the 58 teams that scored Saturday at the annual NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship held at Bowdoin College.
The Huskies' five scoring runners all finished inside the top 100 in the field of nearly 400 competitors, compiling a score of 355 points. Amherst College won the team title, and an automatic berth in next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship meet, with a score of 65 points. Perennial regional power Williams College was runner-up with 86 points, and also earns an automatic berth to the national final.
Following Amherst and Williams were Middlebury College in third with 142 points, M.I.T. in fourth with 145, Tufts University in fifth at 160 and Bates College in sixth with 161. All will be hoping for an at-large berth into the national final that will be announced Sunday.
Meier finished 39th overall after covering the 8,000-meter (4.97 miles) Bowdoin course in a time of 26 minutes, 5.93 seconds to lead the Huskies.
Junior Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport) was the Huskies' second finisher crossing the line in 57th place with a time of 26:16.63, Sophomore Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) finished in 81st place by crossing the line in 26:42.93.
Rounding out USM's top five were junior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) in 86th place with his time of 26:47.09, and freshman Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) in 92nd place with a time of 26:51.96.
Sophomore Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) also cracked the top 100 placing 99th in a time of 27:01.91.
Plymouth State University senior Sam Brunnette successfully defended his individual title edging junior James Jones of Bates by less than a second. Brunnette turned in a time of 24:55.97 compared to Jones' time of 24:56.88.