Men’s Cross Country Comes in Sixth in Star-Studded Field at NEICAAA Cross Country Championships
BOSTON, Mass. – The Maine men's cross country team put forth another solid showing in 2013, coming in sixth-place as a team among some of the region's best teams, at the NEICAAA Cross Country Championships in Boston, Mass, Saturday afternoon. The Black Bears bested 35 other teams at the race held in Franklin Park.
In what has been a common refrain so far this season, Kelton Cullenberg was the best Black Bear entrant. The senior ran to a fourth place in a field that boasted 279 collegiate runners. The Maine standout tallied his best time of the season in the 8k with a time of 24:27, a mile pace of 4:54.
Teammate Alex Moser wasn't far behind as he also finished in the top-15 in the race. The senior from York Harbor, Maine came in 14th with a time of 24:53. That time shattered his previous season-best mark of 25:31, set at the squad's dual meet against New Hampshire last month.
Ryan Hardiman was the next Black Bear to finish coming in 52nd with a time of 25:35, while Connor Doyle (25:49, 76th), Jarrod Lenfest (25:54, 89th), and Lucas Bourget (26:34, 146th) rounded out the Maine competitors.
Central Connecticut State took the team title with a first-place showing placing five of its scoring entrants in the top-30. The Blue Devils finished with just 74 points.
Northeastern (120 points) and Dartmouth (133 points) rounded out the top three, taking second and third respectively.
With their sixth-place finish Maine laid claim to victory over notable schools such, Yale (305 points, 10th), and UConn (325 points, 11th).
The Black Bears should also gain plenty of confidence as they inch closer to the conference meet as Maine had the best finish amongst their America East peers. UMass-Lowell had the next-best conference finish coming in 13th (370 points), while New Hampshire took 15th(444 points), Vermont finished 22nd (574 points), and Hartford completed the race 32nd (823 points).
The Black Bears will now have a several weeks to prepare for the America East Championship, held in Binghamton, N.Y. That meet is schedule for Nov. 2, at 10 a.m.