September 14, 2013

Men's Cross Country Places Third at Bruce Kirsh Cross Country Cup

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY EARNS THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT BRUCE KIRSH CROSS COUNTRY CUP

Results

RINDGE, N.H.  – Paced by four different racers finishing inside the top-15, the Merrimack College men's cross country team finished third overall on Saturday afternoon at the Kirsch Cross Country Cup hosted by Franklin Pierce University.

The Basics

Finish: Merrimack (3rd/9)
Location: Franklin Pierce Cross Country Course | Rindge, N.H.

How It Happened

Coming off last week's second-place finish at the Shacklette Invitational, Merrimack placed third after a combined time of 1:32:05, finishing behind host Franklin Pierce and runner-up American International in the nine-team field.

Leading the way for the Warriors was a combination of underclassmen and upperclassmen, as rookie Dan O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) paced the Navy and Gold with a time of 18:15 in the 5K course, finishing 11th overall in the process.
 
Behind him sat three different Warriors finishing back-to-back-to-back in 13th through 15th place, as juniors Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) and Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) and rookie Dan Brien (Pittsfield, Mass.) each crossed the finish line in succession. Cruz earned a 13th-place finish with a time of 18:19, just ahead of Ali (18:23) and Brien (18:23).
Rounding out the group of Merrimack scorers freshman James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.), who placed 25th overall with a time of 18:47.
Adding to Merrimack's heroics was the fact that the course itself was one of the most challenging in recent memory; both sides battled significantly difficult terrain, featuring sharp hills and muddly slopes, throughout the 5K c ourse.

What They Said
Head Coach Chris Cameron: "I thought the men gave us a really solid effort today. We didn't run our full team, we've got a few individuals still working their way back into the lineup from injuries, but we had a nice, tight pack in our top-five and, overall, it was a real good effort. When we get back to full strength we'll continue to move up in the standings."

Up Next

Merrimack will enjoy an off week next weekend before returning to the course on Saturday, Sept. 28, when it participates in the Cod Fish Bowl Invitational at Franklin Park in Boston.