New London, MA --- Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) paced the WPI men's cross country team for the second time this season as his 50th place showing buoyed the Engineers to a 14th place performance at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday afternoon. As a team, WPI amassed 341 points and were just three points behind Bridgewater State. Division I Connecticut took home the team crown with 86 points as Huskie Ryan McGuire won the race by a second in a time of 24:53.
Zayac completed the 8K course in a time of 26:33. The sophomore was also WPI's top finisher at the Worcester City Meet three weeks ago. Robert Hollinger (Averill Park, NY) also had a strong race for the Engineers, clocking a 69th-best time of 26:33.
The Crimson and Gray showed off its depth with five runners placing between 76th and 90th. Josh Brodin (Mansfield, MA) turned in a time of 26:54 while finishing 76th and Patrick Murphy (Danvers) had a stellar showing to claim 83rd place (27:02). Jeremy Francisco (Dartmouth, MA) and Scott Burger (Huntington Station, NY) were back-to-back in 87th and 88th with times of 27:05 and 27:06 while Dominic Gonzalez (Lowell, MA) clocked a time of 27:07 to claim 90th.
After a weekend off, WPI is next in action on Saturday October 27th at the NEWMAC Championships. The race at Smith is scheduled for noon.