Christensen Leads Men's Cross Country to 27th-Place Finish at New Englands
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Highlighted by finishing higher than five Division I programs, the Merrimack College men's cross country team competed at the New England Championships Saturday and were extremely impressive, finishing 27th out of 41 teams in the 8K course at Franklin Park in Boston.
Top Finisher: Nick Christensen (57th/25:40)
Team Finish: 1. CCSU (74) | 27. Merrimack (741) | 41. Springfield (1253)
Location: Franklin Park (5K Course) | Boston, Mass.
How It Happened
Sophomore harrier Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.) led the way for the Warrior men, who finished 27th in the 41-team race. His 57th-place finish (25:40) was key toward Merrimack's team finish, one that saw them finish higher than Division I programs Sacred Heart, Bryant, Rhode Island, Hartford and UMass
Junior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) was the next-closest Merrimack finisher in 132nd place, finishing with a time of 26:24, and after him, freshmen Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) and James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.) boasted back-to-back finishes in 182nd and 183rd, respectively, before junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) rounded out the Warrior top-five with a 187th-place finish (26:58).
The men competed on the 8K course on Saturday, and after running on a very difficult course at Franklin Park two weeks ago in the Codfish Bowl, the Warriors' performance improved exponentially today. Merrimack was also the fourth-best NE-10 team in Saturday's race, which featured all of the top teams from all Divisions across New England.
What They Said
Head Coach Chris Cameron: "The men ran well as a team. Overall I think those were really positive times for them. Obviously we've got NE-10s in two weeks and hopefully we'll continue to build on today's momentum. But we ran much, much better than two weeks prior."
The Warriors will enjoy an off weekend before gearing up for the Northeast-10 Conference Championships on Sunday, Oct. 27.