November 2, 2013

Men's Cross Country Takes Third in LEC

PORTLAND, Maine. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's cross country team finished third in the Little East Conference Championship and seventh in the New England Alliance Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Narragansett School.

The New England Alliance Championship is run in conjunction with the Little East Conference and Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC).  The championship meet is scored three ways to honor an Alliance champion, Little East champion, and MASCAC champion.

Keene State College captured the New England Alliance and Little East team titles with an impressive performance.  The finish line was engulfed in a sea of red as five of the top-six runners were members of the Owls' team.  Sophomore Ryan Brady won the individual championship, covering the five-mile course in a time of 25 minutes, 40.43 seconds.   

Three Corsairs finished in the top-20 to earn All-Alliance honors.  UMass Dartmouth senior Zach Switaj (Tamworth, N.H.) was the Corsair's top finisher with a time of 26 minutes, 32.06 seconds, placing seventh in the Little East and eighth in the New England Alliance standings.  Junior Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, Mass.) finished twenty seconds behind teammate Switaj to finish ninth and 11th, respectively.  Sophomore Michale Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass.) was 16th in the conference field and 19th in the New England Alliance.  

Freshman Sean Herlhy (Walpole, Mass.) was 10 seconds off Vaz's pace to be the 17th Little East runner to cross the finish line and 21st overall.  Andre Goncalves (New Bedford, Mass.), Chris Jordan (Taunton, Mass.), and Cyrenus Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.) finished 19th, 20th and 21st in the Little East and 26th 30th 33rd in the New England Alliances standings.

Keene State raised the Little East trophy with 15 points, finishing 34 points ahead of University of Southern Maine (49).  The Corsairs (65) easily outdistanced Rhode Island College (148) for third. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to the trails on Novemeber 9, when the Corsairs compete at the 2013 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship.