Saturday's Race: Bowdoin College will host the NCAA Division III New England Regional Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 10th at Pickard Fields. Saturday's meet will begin with the 6k women's race at 11:00 a.m. followed by the 8k men's race at 12:00 p.m.
The Mariners: Aylen Wolf (Surry, Maine), Joseph Van Ess (Mechanicsville, Va.), Cole Brundige (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Liam Veverka (Hancock, N.H.), Keenan Martin (Dixfield, Maine), Alex Wicks (Woolwich, Maine), and Steven Gerencer (Bowdoin, Maine) will represent the Mariners in Saturday's race.
Last Year's Winners: The MIT men won last year's regional championship, last year's top finisher Sam Brunnette from Plymouth State returns in his senior season.
Last Season: Aylen Wolf placed 236th out of 370 runners to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's cross country to a 47th place finish at last year's NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine at the Gorham Country Club.
Wolf completed the 8K course with a time of 29:59.8 to lead the Mariners. Cole Brundige placed 265th with a time of 30:58.0 and teammate Sam Sewall finished in 284th place. Keenan Martin placed closely behind in 288th and Ryan Donlon rounded out the top five finishers for the Mariners in 333rd place.
Deja Vu: Earlier this season the Mariners competed at the State of Maine Championship which was also hosted by Bowdoin College. The Mariners placed 13th as a team at the event.
Joseph Van Ess led the Mariners with his 87th place finish out of the 223 runners, completing the course with a time of 28:36.4. Liam Veverka placed 109th 29:25.1 followed closely by Aylen Wolf in 115th place with a time of 29:36.7. Cole Brundige placed 131st and Keenan Martin rounded out the top five finishers for the Mariners in 156th.
The Race: The men's race is slated to start at 12:00 p.m. and will cover 8,000 meters.
What's Next: The top two teams from each race will receive the New England region's two automatic qualifying spots for the NCAA Division III National Championship race on November 17 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wis., hosted by University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Other top finishing teams from each region will vie for at-large bids into the 32-team field that will be announced Sunday afternoon. The top seven individuals in each region from non-qualifying teams will also make the national championship field.