Mullica Hill, NJ --- Sophomore Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) was the quickest Men's Cross Country runner Saturday as the team placed 13th at the Inter-Regional Border Battle, hosted by Rowan.
No. 4 Haverford needed only 29 points to claim the team title. No. 16 Carnegie Mellon was second (62) and Mideast No. 6 York was third (132). No. 24 Rhodes (143) and host No. 23 Rowan (202) rounded out the top five. Great Lakes No. 5 Otterbein placed sixth (205) and No. 34 Dickinson took seventh (222). No. 17 Johns Hopkins came home eighth (232) followed by Mideast No. 7 Salisbury (282), Eastern (308), Atlantic No. 10 Vassar (315) and Colby (333). New England No. 9 WPI (371) finished ahead of South No. 7 Lynchburg, who was 17th.
"Today was a tough outing by the men," commented head coach Brian Chabot. "Whenever you lose two of your projected top-5 runners during the race it's going to be hard to overcome that deficit. The men who did finish, especially Avery and Matt, ran competitively and that's encouraging. Moving forward hopefully the rest of the team can follow their lead."
Ingegneri was the 29th to cross the finish line with a time of 25:32.3. Sophomore Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) was 71st overall and 66th for scoring purposes with a 26:16.4. Senior Tristam Winship (Bedford, NH) was next in 73rd (68th – 26:19.3) as junior Matt Rabasco (Pittsfield, MA) cracked the top 100 with a 96th-place (88th) time of 26:47.9. Freshman Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) picked up 120 points with a 27:29.4, which was good for 139th overall. Junior Remi Gaetjens (Limerick, ME) was the final Engineer with a time of 27:35.7, good for 145th overall and 126th for scoring.
Chabot concluded, "I'm confident we can get past this setback and race well at the NEWMAC and NCAA Regional Championships over the next four weeks. We have not yet shown what we're capable of."
Men's Cross Country heads to Franklin Park Sunday, October 29 for the NEWMAC Championships.