PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Anselm College men's cross country team posted its best finish at the NCAA Division II East Regionals since 2007, finishing 14th out of 26 teams competing at Belmont Plateau on Saturday.
"I am happy with how the team ran as a group and got stronger as the race went on," remarked Head Coach Brian Stankiewicz '17. "They were aggressive and it paid off, allowing us to beat teams we didn't think we could. This year's group of men were great to work with throughout the year."
The Hawks logged 428 points on the day and were led by junior Jordan Cook (Biddeford, Maine) and his 71st place 10K time of 34:49.5. He was trailed by teammate, senior Anthony Galasso (Reading, Mass.) by under four seconds (34:52.8) as he finished 74th in the crowded field of 168 race finishers.
Sophomore Cole Corcoran (Braintree, Mass.) posted a time of 35:16.9 to finish 85th while junior Ben Sweesy (Merrimack, N.H.) and freshman Tom Nelson (Gorham, Maine) posted times of 36:03.1 and 36:09.0, respectively. Freshman Liam Reeve (Kittery, Maine) navigated the course in 37:06.9 with junior Trent Briggs (Westford, Mass.) posting a time of 37:14.7.
Roberts Wesleyan took home the team championship, followed by American International and Stonehill. American International's Ezra Mutai posted a winning time of 30:58.4 with Stonehill's Lucas Taxter following with a time of 31:41.0.