NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Paced by four top-50 finishers, including a 12th-place finish from sophomore Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.) that helped him earn a spot on the all-conference second team, the Merrimack College men's cross country team earned a sixth-place finish at the 2013 Northeast-10 Championships on Sunday at Saint Anselm College.
Team Finish: 1. Stonehill (57) | 6. Merrimack (175) | 15. Pace (498)
Location: Saint Anselm (8K Course) | Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
Christensen led the way for the Warrior men, who finished 12th with a time of 25:58. By placing between eighth and 14th as an individual, those efforts were enough for Christensen to earn NE-10 Second-Team All-Conference honors.
Junior Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) was the next-closest Merrimack finisher in 34th place, finishing with a time of 26:48. After Cruz, freshmen Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) and Daniel O'Brien (Pittsfield, Mass.) boasted back-to-back finishes in 49th and 50th, respectively, before junior James Wegman(Sandwich, Mass.) rounded out the Warrior top-five with a 52nd place finish (27:18).
Stonehill went on to win their third second straight conference title with 57 points, while Franklin Pierce (74), American International (80), Southern Connecticut (98), and Adelphi (117) rounded out the top five teams.
The men competed on the 8K course on Sunday, and after placing 27th in the New England Championships two weeks ago. Prior to today's meet, Merrimack was tabbed fourth in the Pre-Championship Northeast-10 Conference Coaches' Poll.
What They Said
Head Coach Chris Cameron: "Overall, we had some good individual performances, but our team finish as far as where we placed was a little disappointing. I know they're disappointed as well and hopefully we'll be better in two weeks at the NCAA Regional Championships, which is the goal right now.
The Warriors will enjoy an off weekend before gearing up for the NCAA Regional Championships on Sunday, Nov. 10, at Franklin Park in Boston.