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Southern Maine Men's X-C Fifth at UMass Dartmouth Invitational

Nick Harriman (L) and Masho Gebremikael (file photo by Jason Johns).
Nick Harriman (L) and Masho Gebremikael (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Fifth at UMass Dartmouth

            DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine men's cross country team, paced by senior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine), posted a solid fifth-place finish at the 47th Annual UMass Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday.

            The Huskies five scoring runners compiled a score of 146 points for their fifth-place finish among the 36 teams that posted a score.  WPI took the team title with 61 points, followed by the University of Massachusetts Lowell with 83, Trinity College with 88, Franklin Pierce University with 115 and USM.

            Harriman placed 19th overall to be the first USM runner across the line.  He covered the 8,000-meter UMD course in a time of 25 minutes, 56.40 seconds.

            Sophomore Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) was the next USM runner to cross the line, coming home in 23rd place with a time of 26:02.23.  Junior Jacob Gamache (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was 26th overall with his time of 26:12.26.

            Completing USM's top five were juniors Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) and Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering).  Hoyle was in 37th place overall in 26: 25.10 and Gebremikael was in 43rd place overall in 26:33.16.  Junior Eagan Eldridge (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was 71st overall at 27:25.50.

            In the sub-varsity race, Southern Maine finished sixth among the 21 teams posting a score of 160 points.  Freshman Jason Mathies (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) was the Huskies' first finishers with a 19th-place finish in a time of 28:43.61.

            After an off week, the Huskies will be back in action on October 5 at the State Championship meet at Colby College.