Nure Earns All-Region Honors at NCAA Regional Championship
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Sophomore Yahya Nure (South Portland, Maine/Deering) added to his impressive body of work in the 2019 cross country season by earning All-Region honors on Saturday after finishing 27th overall at the NCAA New England Regional Championship held at Bowdoin College.
Led by Nure's finish, the Huskies placed 13th among the 54 teams that posted a team score in the final standings with 385 points. Nure completed the 8,000-meter (4.97 miles) Bowdoin course in a time of 25 minutes, 36.16 seconds. The second-year runner is the Huskies' first All-Region honoree since Chandler Vincent in 2017, and only the third in the last decade. In the history of the program, Nure is the 11th individual to earn the honor.
Sophomore Jacob Gamache (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was the Huskies' second finisher placing 79th overall with a time of 26:28.37. Junior Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) was two places further back with a time of 26:30.99.
Senior Michael Aboud (North Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) had a top 100 finish among the 384 runners that competed the course, crossing the line in 94th place in a time of 26:42.71. Freshman Jason Mathies (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) completed the Huskies first five coming home in 108th place with a time of 26:50.36.
Also competing for the Huskies were junior Eagan Eldridge (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) who placed 123rd overall, and senior Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) who came home in the 169th spot. Eldridge had a time of 27:03.48, and Harriman post a time of 27:50.85.
Williams College put on a dominating performance to win the team title and an automatic invitational to next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship race. Williams, paced by the one-two finish of Aidan Ryan and Ryan Cox, placed their first six scoring runners among the first nine finishers to win the title with 24 points.
Colby College took the runner-up spot with 93 points to also earn a spot in next week's NCAA national championship. MIT was third with 107 points, followed by Amherst College with 137 and Bates College with 167. MIT, Amherst and Bates will await the announcement of the teams selected at-large for the national championship.
The NCAA Regional meet concludes the Huskies' 2019 cross country season.