BRUNSWICK, Maine – Battling against seven nationally ranked teams and 58 teams overall, the Husson men's cross country team embraced the dismal weather and powered through it, finishing out their season with their best placing in program history, taking home 40th at the NCAA DIII Northeast Regional Championship.
Having competed on this 8k course at Bowdoin College in the beginning of the season at the Maine State Championship, six runners improved upon their times despite the slushy state around them.
Shaving off nearly a minute from his previous 8k time on the course this season while also recording a personal record, Zach Hartman cruised in at 28:28 pacing a 5:43 mile for a top-five time in program history. He was the 178th runner to cross the finish line on Saturday out of 391 male runners.
Not far behind, Joel Bond also saw improvement on his time, finishing the course in 28:45.
The next three Eagles to flock across also broke personal records with Ricky Smith up ahead at 29:59 cutting off 25 seconds from his time. Reece Rodrique and Patrick Welch followed in barely a full step apart as Rodrigue pushed ahead for a time of 30:21 and Welch grabbed 30:22 knocking off over two minutes from his first time on the course this season.
Joseph Gay and Adam Hitchcock took up the rear as Gay achieved a time of 32:58 and Hitchcock came finished in 33:32, both improving by over 60 seconds.
The Eagles conclude their 2018 season on a strong note as Winter begins to settle in.