BETHPAGE, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College men's cross country team recorded its best finish at the NCAA Division II East Regional Championship in over a decade, placing 15th out of 24 programs in Saturday's 10K race at the Bethpage State Park Polo Field.
The Hawks had not placed lower than 18th since 2007 when Saint Anselm checked in 14th out of 19 teams competing at the regional race.
Sophomore Jordan Cook (Biddeford, Maine) led the Hawks with a time of 35:05.30, placing 59th in the field of 170 runners. He was followed by junior Anthony Galasso (Reading, Mass.) and his time of 35:38, placing 72nd. Freshman Cole Corcoran (Braintree, Mass.) also had a strong time of 36:50.90, placing just outside of the top-100 in the race with a 102nd place finish.
Senior Adam Pakalnis (Waterbury, Conn.), a four-time participant at the East Regionals, and Ben Sweesy (Merrimack, N.H.) finished back-to-back in 128th and 129th place, respectively, with times of 38:06.40 and 38:09.20. Senior Nathaniel Shannon (Plymouth, Mass.) and sophomore Trent Briggs (Westford, Mass.) were also back-to-back finishers with times of 39:21.30 and 39:29.70.