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
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.
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.
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."