Brunswick, ME - The men from U-Maine at Presque Isle maintained their standing relative to their team performance at the North Atlantic Conference Championships held two weeks ago. Minor injuries hampered two Owls but strong performances by others upheld the team performance. Although rested well for the NAC meet, most runners came through with strong runs on Saturday, including two personal best performances.
Andrew Hunt of Peterborough, NH was the first runner in as he clocked the eight kilometers in a personal best time of 30:03 (266th place), nearly breaking the 30 minute milestone barrier in this his last race as an UMPI Owl cross country runner. Nino Manzella of Queensbury, NY bounced back well with a time of 30:47 which put him in 292nd place. The three to five position scorers were Hunter Dionne of Raymond, ME (323rd, 31:55), Kyle Davis of Addison, ME (335th, 32:39), and Devon Maynard of Perham, ME (344th, 33:00). Sean Miller of Presque Isle, ME was the sixth in with yet another personal best of 33:15, good enough for 351st of the 391 finishers.
Senior Sam Brunnette of Plymouth State came out the race winner with a time of 24:55. The top five teams were Amherst Williams, Middlebury, MIT, and Tufts. The Owls of UMPI were 53rd in the highly competitive field represented by 58 institutions. "We had our ups and downs this year with injuries and a few with illnesses", said Coach Chris Smith. "Losing Andrew will be a loss but with the five or six returning runners along with incoming freshmen we'll be looking to move up in both the NAC and New England rankings next year."