November 10, 2013

Men’s Cross Country Wraps Up 2013 with Ninth-Place Finish at NCAA Regionals

MEN PLACE NINTH AT NCAA REGIONALS, WRAPPING UP IMPRESSIVE 2013 CAMPAIGN

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BOSTON  – Paced by a strong performance from sophomore Nick Christensen ( Peabody, Mass.), the Merrimack College men's cross country team wrapped up a solid 2013 campaign with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships held on Sunday at Franklin Park in Boston.

The Basics
Top Finisher:
Nick Christensen (19th/185 | 32:38.10)
Team Scores:
1. Stonehill (78) | 9. Merrimack (274) | 28. Holy Family (898)
Location:
Franklin Park (10K Course) | Boston

How It Happened
With Christensen leading the way, the men's side earned a top-10 finish in the team standings after boasting one top-20 finisher and one top-50 runner. The ninth-place finish stands as Merrimack's best finish as team in the last four years, as well.

Christensen, who earned a spot on the All-Region Team thanks to his top-20 performance, was the top Warrior finisher after averaging a 5:15 mile and finishing the challenging 10K course with a time of 32:38.10.

After him, junior Sherif Ali (Cliffside Park, N.J.) notched a top-50 finish by running 33:38.30, good for 47th place overall. Behind him, classmate Luis Cruz (Lawrence, Mass.) placed 52nd (33:44.30) to round out the Warriors' top-three runners.

Freshman Daniel O'Flynn (Ipswich, Mass.) (34:21.20) and James Wegman (Sandwich, Mass.) each contributed to Merrimack's team score as well and wrapped up strong rookie seasons by finishing in 75th and 81st, respectively.

Finally, freshman Daniel Brien (Pittsfield, Mass.) and sophomore Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) rounded out the field for the men. The two finished in 100th and 102nd, respectively.

What They Said
"Obviously I think the men were a little disappointed with how they wound up in the team scores, but all-in-all I thought they ran very well and are very proud of the way they competed this season. I think we have made tremendous progress from last year to this year, and now we'll have to keep getting stronger and working harder to take the next step."

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