BELFAST, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's cross country finished second out of eight teams at the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship at the Troy Howard Middle School on Sunday. This is the Mariners highest finish at the Conference Championship since they placed second in 2010.
The Mariners finished with a team score of 72, just seven points behind team champion, Husson University. The Eagles earned first place after scoring 65 points with two runners in the top seven. SUNY Canton was third (79), NVU-Lyndon was fourth (99), followed by Thomas (102), UMaine-Farmington (108), UMaine-Presque Isle (141), and NVU-Johnson (228).
Jarrod Ottman of Thomas won the NAC individual title with a time of 27:26.80. The 8k championship race included 66 total runners, representing eight schools.
Ottman completed the course 10 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, as Anthony Pifari of NVU-Lyndon finished second in a time of 27:36.90. Maine Maritime's Aylen Wolf (Surry, Maine) was third in 28:30.80, while NVU-Lyndon's Benjamin Cornell placed fourth with a time of 28:34.40. Zach Hartman of Husson finished fifth with a time of 29:19.10, followed by SUNY Canton's Jesse Walley in sixth in 29:20.00. The Eagles' Joel Bond finished seventh in 29:24.40, while Canton's Benjamin York placed eighth in 29:44.80.
Maine Maritime's Liam Veverka (Hancock, N.H.) placed 11th with a time of 29:57.20, Joseph Van Ess (Mechanicsville, Va.) placed 16th, followed by teammate Cole Brundige (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) in 19th and Keenan Martin (Dixfield, Maine) rounded out the top five finishers for the Mariners in 23rd place.
The Mariners will head to the NCAA Regionals hosted by Bowdoin College on November 10.