Nure Paces Husky Harriers at Bates Super XC Shootout
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- Sophomore Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) paced the University of Southern Maine men's cross country team with an 11th-place finish as the Huskies finished fifth in the team standings Saturday at the Bates Super XC Shootout at Pineland Farms.
Nure covered the 8,000-meter Pineland Farms course in a time of 26 minutes, 37.3 seconds to be the Huskies' first finisher. Nure's time was nearly 22 seconds faster than his time last year.
Junior transfer Jacob Gamache (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was the second USM finisher crossing the finish line in 16th place with a time of 26:49.7. Classmate Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) was the next finisher for the Huskies coming across the line in 28th place in a time of 27:16.2.
Rounding out USM's first five were senior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) in 33rd place with his time of 27:23.7 and junior Eagan Eldridge (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) in 48th place overall in 27:48.0. Gebremikael, Harriman and Eldridge all bettered their times from 2018 with Eldridge posting the most improved time by more than 50 seconds.
Meet host Bates won the unique event that scores a team's first ten runners compared with then normal five with 109 points. Connecticut College, paced by individual winner Danny Aschale, edged out Tufts University for the runner-up spot 264 to 268. Middlebury College was fourth at 295, and USM completed the field with 413.
Southern Maine will be in competition next Saturday traveling to Massachusetts for the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.