Saturday's Race: Bowdoin College will host the NCAA Division III New England Regional Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 16th at Pickard Fields. Saturday's meet will begin with the 8k men's race at 11:00 a.m. followed by the 6k women's race at 12:15 p.m.
The Mariners: John Hassett (Castine, Maine), Joseph Van Ess (Mechanicsville, Va.), Aylen Wolf (Surry, Maine), Benjamin Butterfield (Phillips, Maine), William Procko (Branford, Fla.), Liam Veverka (Hancock, N.H.), Hunter Giacomuzzi (Sebec, Maine) will represent the Mariners in Saturday's race.
Last Year's Winners: Amherst College won last year's regional championship with a team score of 65, the top returning finisher from last years NCAA Regionals is Williams Colleges' Ryan Cox who placed fifth overall with a time of 25:01.79.
Last Season: Wolf placed 171st out of 391 runners to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's cross country to a 45th place finish at last year's NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin College.
Wolf completed the 8K course with a time of 28:19.92 to lead the Mariners. Van Ess finsished in 238th with a time of 29:25.85, Verveka placed 265th with a time of 30:03.25. Cole Brundige (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) placed 286th with a time of 30:36.14, while Keenan Martin (Dixfield, Maine) rounded out the top five finishers for the Mariners in 324th 32:04.76.
Deja Vu: Earlier this season the Mariners competed at the Bowdoin Invitational II which was also hosted by Bowdoin College. The Mariners placed third as a team at the event.
Hassett was the Mariners top finisher, placing first overall with a time of 26:21.6, Wolf placed 15th with a time of 28:15.7. Van Ess was two spots behind Wolf in 17th with a time of 28:28.8, while Veverka placed 22nd with a time of 28:58.4, and Butterfield placed 24th with a time of 29:05.9.
The Race: The men's race is slated to start at 11:00 a.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 23 at EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky., hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission and Spalding University.
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.