Brunswick, ME – Freshman David Reynolds (Andover, NH) helped the WPI men's cross-country team to its best finish ever in the NCAA Division III New England Championships on Saturday. Reynolds completed the 5-mile course in a blazing time of 25:29.60 to finish in the 20th place, while the Engineers placed in the top 10 for the fourth time in five years, coming in eighth with 246 points.
Williams led the pack with an impressive 24 points, followed by runner-up Colby (93 points) and third-place MIT (107). Also finishing ahead of the Worcester Engineers were Amherst (4th, 137 points), Bates (5th, 167 points), Middlebury (6th, 186 points) and Trinity (7th, 245), which edged WPI by a single point.
Reynolds, who was All-New England with his 20th place showing, is in the hunt to claim a selection to the NCAA national championship meet after his impressive showing this weekend, while WPI's next four scorers all finished close together, led by sophomore Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) in 51st place with a time of 26:08.27. Reynolds will go to the NCAAs if MIT, Amherst and Bates are selected as at-large teams as the top seven runners from teams not selected are taken as individuals. Williams and Colby automatically qualified by finishing one-two.
Following behind Brooks were freshman Ryan Weeks (Cantonsville, MD) in 56th place (26:11.05), senior Jake Scarponi (Barrington, NH) finishing 59th (26:14.64) and junior Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) in 64th position (26:16.87), resulting in a spread of 0:47.3. Senior Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) came home 78th (26:26.74), while classmate Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) was 84th (26:32.21).
At-large team selections will be announced on Sunday afternoon on NCAA.com. Reynolds will learn his fate at that point and, if tabbed to the NCAA meet, would participative next Saturday in Louisville, KY.