NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – The Wesleyan University men's cross country team placed four runners in the top-58 overall at the 2017 NESCAC Championship on Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals placed 10th overall out of 11 teams with a team score of 246 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.
Amherst took home first-place honors with a score of 35, and Mammoths senior standout Mohamed Hussein earned individual-champion honors with a time of 25:07.3 on the 8-kilometer course.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Tate Knight was the Cardinals' first-place performer, finishing 31st overall out of 140 finishers with a time of 26:14.1. The Bloomfield, Conn. native has now been Wesleyan's top-finisher in all four meets this fall, including placing first and seventh overall, respectively, at the Wesleyan Invitational (Sept. 15) and Little Three Championship (Oct. 14).
- Sophomore Kevin McMorrow ran an exceptional race for the Cardinals, clocking a time of 26:31.5 and finishing 49th overall, as he trimmed 1:24.11 of his 2016 showing at the conference championship. Sophomore William Bajohr was the third Cardinal to finish the race, placing 53rd overall (26:39.2), as he moved up 50 slots in the individual standings from last season.
- Sophomore Conner Sexton checked in as the fourth-place finisher for the squad, clocking a time of 26:43.7 and finishing 58th overall. The Rye, N.Y. native shaved 1:52.27 off his 2016 performance on the conference stage. Rounding out the top-five for the Cardinals was senior Connor Cobb, who placed 78th overall with a mark of 27:10.6
- Other noteworthy performances for Wesleyan included sophomore Noah Langat (27:29.7), sophomore Adam Linsky (27:32.3), sophomore Grant van Inwegen (27:45.5), senior John Henry Vansant (28:00.9), junior Shota Nakamura (28:07.7), junior Frank Tucci (28:08.0), freshman Benjamin Cahill (28:28.9), freshman Matt Frishkoff (28:54.7) and freshman Nathan Gamble (29:10.7).
- Next on the radar for the Cardinals will be the New England Regional Championship on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Gorham, Maine.