MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan men's cross country team starts the postseason portion of its schedule when the Cardinals compete in the 2018 NESCAC Championships on Saturday, October 27th. Tufts is hosting for the first time since 2002, as the meet with take place at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. The men's 8k race will begin at 11:00 a.m.
The men's team is seeking its first NESCAC title and is coming off of a strong showing at the Inter-Regional Border Battle on October 13th. The field was loaded with nationally ranked opponents, but the Cardinals placed in the middle of the pack (23rd of 42) with strong performances from multiple runners.
Wesleyan has been led by junior Kevin McMorrow this year, opening the season with an eighth-place finish at the Little Three Championships, crossing the line in 20:07. After missing the Paul Short Run, McMorrow finished 51st of 394 runners at the Regional Border Battle at Rowan, recording a time of 25:56. The rest of the top-five runners for Wesleyan have been intermixed over the past three races, as the team has a lot of depth this year.
Grant van Inwegen is a runner to watch for the Cardinals, as he placed second for Wesleyan in the opening race with a time of 20:27, good for 17th place. In McMorrow's absence at the Paul Short Run, van Inwegen led the charge for Wesleyan, crossing the line in 26:19. William Bajohr had his best race of the season at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, completing the course in 26:40 as the second runner for the Cardinals. Adam Linsky and Matt Frishkoff also had strong performances on the 13th, crossing the line in 27:09 and 27:20 respectively, rounding out the top-five runners for Wesleyan.
The team will face strong competition with nine of the All-NESCAC First and Second Team runners returning to the field in 2018. Of the 11 teams, Wesleyan will face five nationally ranked squads – No. 8 Amherst, No. 11 Williams, No. 14 Middlebury, No. 21 Tufts, No. 27 Bowdoin and No. 33 Connecticut College.