MERRIMACK MEN PACED BY FRESHMAN DAN BRIEN'S SECOND-PLACE PERFORMANCE
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Led by a trio of top-10 finishes, including a second-place performance from freshman Dan Brien, a third-place finish from junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) and a 10th-place effort by rookie Dan O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.), the Merrimack College men's cross country team opened the year with a second-place team finish on Saturday afternoon at the Shacklette Invitational.
Finish: Merrimack College (2nd/7)
Location: Saint Anselm College| Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Running in their first event of the young 2013 season, the Warriors – who relied on a bevy of talent from underclassmen last fall – got off to a strong start this season thanks to the efforts of Brien and Ali, who placed second and third, respectively.
For Brien, who was running in his first collegiate competition, the result was even more spectacular, while Cruz, an anchor for the Warriors during his first year on campus as a sophomore in 2012, picked up right where he left off.
O'Flynn and sophomore Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.), finished within two seconds of each other for 10th and 11th overall, while Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) and Joey Smith (Medfield, Mass.) also earned team points for Merrimack in 13th and 16th, respectively. Finally, freshman Tim Keohane represented the Warriors' seventh-best finisher, placing 19th to round out the field.
How They Finished (Lowest Score Wins)
- 1. Stonehill (30)
- 2. Merrimack (39)
- 3. Assumption (80)
- 4. Bentley (120)
- 5. St. Anselm (132)
- 6. St. Michael's (168)
- 7. New England College (199)
The Warriors return to action next Saturday, Sept. 14, when they travel to Franklin Pierce to participate in the Kirsh Cross Country Cup.