2016 Little East Conference Champions

Southern Maine Posts Top-10 Finish at NCAA Regional Championship

Sophomore Chandler Vincent (#831) earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Regional Championships finishing in 17th place (photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Chandler Vincent (#831) earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Regional Championships finishing in 17th place (photo by Jason Johns).

            GORHAM, Maine -- Paced by sophomore Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine/Freeport), the University of Southern Maine men's cross country team posted its first top-10 finish since 2009 at the season-ending NCAA Division III New England Regional Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday.  The event was hosted by USM at the Gorham Country Club.

            Southern Maine placed its five scoring runners among the first 82 finishers, and six inside the top 100, to compile a team score of 313.  The Huskies finished 10th among the 55 teams that registered a team score.  The 10th-place finish was USM's best result since the 2009 team finished ninth, and was the program's seventh top-10 result since 1985.

            M.I.T. won the men's team title with 81 points, followed by Amherst College in the runner-up spot with 91.  M.I.T. and Amherst will received the region's two automatic berths to next weekend's NCAA Division III National Championship race in Elsah, Illinois.

            Hoping to receive an at-large berth to the national final are third and fourth-place finishers Middlebury College and Williams College.  Middlebury scored 124 while Williams tallied 137.

            Vincent toured the 8,000-meter GCC men's course in a time of 25 minutes, 52.3 seconds to finish in 17th place overall.  He is the first USM male runner to receive All-Region honors (top 35) since John Vallo in 2011.  Vincent's 17th-place results was the best finish by a USM runner since former All-American Tyler Jasud finished 16th at the 2009 regional.

            Freshman Cameron Meier (Bowdoin, Maine/Mt. Ararat) was USM's second finisher crossing the line in 58th place.  Meier had a time of 26:28.4, and was the fourth finisher among the freshmen competing in their first NCAA regional.

            The Huskies bunched their next three finishers between 77th and 82nd place.  Junior Ben Foster (Gorham, Maine) came home in 77th place with his time of 26:50.7.  Classmate Michael Aboud (North Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) was 79th in 26:52.9, and freshman Zach Hoyle (Sidney, Maine/Messalonskee) crossed the line in the 82nd spot in 26:54.5.

            Also earning a spot among the top 100 was sophomore Nick Harriman (Lisbon, Maine) who finished 93rd in a time of 27:05.0.

            USM's final runner, freshman Masho Gebremikael (Portland, Maine/Deering) placed 157th in a time of 28:25.3.

            Plymouth State University junior Sam Brunnette won the individual title with his time of 25:22.8.

            The full 32-team field for the NCAA National Championship will be announced Sunday afternoon.  Sixteen teams qualified Saturday by finishing first or second at their respective regional championships.  Sixteen more teams will receive at-large berths, and the top seven individuals from each region's non-qualifying teams will also qualify as individual competitors.

 

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