By Andrew Lichtenauer
Dave Brown ’12 led the Bison on Saturday as the men’s cross country team finished 17th in a field of 28 teams at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships in University Park, Pa. Brown came in 83rd overall with a time of 32:26 on the 10-kilometer course.
Charles Murphy ’11 and Robert Yamnicky ’13 followed, coming in 87th (32:33) and 89th (32:34), respectively. Joshua Clark ’10 finished 101st (32:50), and Evan Novakowski ’10 finished 106th (32:59) overall, rounding out the scoring for the Bison.
“I thought the race was pretty average both for me and for the team,” Murphy said. “We ran well tactically and I don’t think we can really be too disappointed in our performance, but nobody had the kind of breakthrough race we needed to really excel as a team.”
Princeton won the men’s team title with a total of 53 points. Georgetown’s Ayalew Taye claimed the individual title with a time of 30:05. The Bison finished 17th of 28 teams with 461 points. The Bison were third among Patriot League teams, behind fifth-place Navy and 15th-place Lehigh.
“Our men once again ran as a great pack,” head coach Kevin Donner said. “We had a 30-second differential between our top five. The lack of a front runner hurt us from finishing higher, but I was very proud of how these guys competed all year.”
The team will continue the season next weekend at the IC4A Championships on Nov. 20 in the Bronx, N.Y.