A rainy and miserable Saturday morning in New Britain didn’t dampen the spirits of the men’s cross country team as they finished second in the field of 11 teams competing for this Mini Meet victory.
The Blue Devils were led by Freshman Craig Hunt, who was the top finisher for CCSU. Hunt finished the five kilometer course in 15:19.08, and led his team for the first time in his career at the college level. Hunt’s highest finish prior to this weekend’s fourth place overall was a fifth place finish at the CCSU Invitational at the beginning of the season.
Central had recorded 71 points during the race and beat out NEC challenger Quinnipiac as they finished third. The winning team was Providence, which finished with 33 points and had five of their runners finish in the top 14, including Michael Anderson, who was the top finisher with a time of 15:09.13. Other notable NEC teams in this race were Wagner (placing fifth with 126 points) and Long Island (ninth with 238 points).
The Blue Devils carried on with noticeable performances from sophomores Sam Alexander (15:25.98) and Jeremy Schmid (15:31.90), both finishing in the top 15, seventh and 12th respectively. In addition to them, freshman Josh Trares (15:41.81) had an 18th place finish while teammate Kevin Tiernan (15:53.10) rounded out CCSU’s scoring while finishing 30th.
CCSU has finished second overall in 4 of their 5 meets this season, showing much improvement off of years past. In 2008, the Blue Devils had only 3 races in which they finished in the top 5 overall, including a 7th place finish at the NEC championships in New Jersey.
This year the conference meet is taking place a little closer to home. Quinnipiac University will play host to the NEC championships this upcoming Saturday at 12 noon. CCSU will join its fellow NEC members as Quinnipiac will try for its 4th consecutive NEC title.