BRUNSWICH, ME - The UMPI men's cross country team finished in 11th place of the 12 team field in The Maine State Cross Country Championships.
The Owls efforts were helped due to their having gained familiarity with the terrain two weeks ago at the Bowdoin Invitational #2. The meet was won by nationally ranked Bates College with the low score of 31. Bowdoin was 11 points back at 42. Ben Torda (SR, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) of Bowdoin became the 2017 individual champion in winning the 8 kilometer race with a clocking of 25:25, 17 seconds better than teammate Sean MacDonald's (JR, South Burlington, VT) 25:42.
Saul Nunez (SR, Mapleton, ME) ran to a season's personal best in running 32:33 (99th place of 146 finishers), 12 seconds faster than his effort on the same course on September 30th. Kyle Davis (FR, Addison, ME) fell off his aggressive and ambitious 6:10 average pace as he attempted to hit the USCAA National Championships standard of 30:40. He finished at 32:44, good enough for 102nd. Andrew Hunt (JR, Bennington, NH) was the third Owl in, finishing in his own season's best time of 33:02 (107th place). Jesse Gonzalez (FR, Othello, WA) and Danny Gillotti (FR, Ludlow, ME) rounded out the scoring, in at 33:51 (114th) and 36:57 (139th), respectively.
Head Coach Chris Smith said of Davis' effort, "At times you have to extend yourself a bit to hit a standard. We were attempting a time today with Kyle that was ambitious, but at this point in the season you have to go for it a bit. We simply overextended him a bit too much today."
The Owls now have two weeks to prepare for the North Atlantic Championship meet coming up on October 28th. The meet will he hosted by U-Maine at Farmington, a course the Owls became somewhat familiar with on September 2 having run that race at the 5K distance.