Men's XC finishes in top 10

By Andrew Arnao

Writer

Five runners from the men’s cross country team finished in the top 100 racers for the 10k at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships last Saturday. The Orange and the Blue finished 10th out of 25 teams, the team’s first top-10 finish in the Regional Championships since 2003.

D.J. Krystek ’13 was the top-placing Bison, finishing 54th overall in 31:59.0. Placing 68th and 69th were Dave Brown ’12 and John Dugan ’15, respectively. Michael McGowan ’15 finished 81st, while Eric Balaban ’14 placed 99th.

“The team was ecstatic when we found out that we finished 10th because our goal was to finish at our ranking of 12th in the region, considering we had two of our top seven [runners] out,” McGowan said. “Our top four were ahead of our number one runner last year at this meet.”

Overall, the Bison finished with 347 points. Georgetown placed first with a total of 47 points.

“Looking into the future, I am very excited about what this team can do,” McGowan said. “We have a lot of young guys who got big race experience and were scorers for us this year.”

“A few key runners couldn’t race, but we came together as a team and went out there with something to prove,” Balaban said. “This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to see what we’re capable of.”

The Orange and the Blue race next at the IC4A and ECAC Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, N.Y. this weekend.

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