BRUNSWICK, Maine – Competing against 18 other schools for a total of 223 runners, the Husson men's cross country team sprinted to a 16th place finish with 436 points at the Maine State Championship on Saturday. This meet marked the first 8k that many of the Eagles had ever ran in competition while facing numerous nationally ranked competitors.
Rookie Joel Bond impressively led the Eagles as he finished in 28.46 ranking 63rd which was fast enough to notch a top-15 time in Husson program history. With the second-best time of the day for the Eagles, sophomore Zach Hartman, improved upon his time from last year's Maine State Championship by over 30 seconds, Hartman raced a 29:21 for 71st.
Posting consistent top finishes for the Eagles, freshman Ricky Smith continued his success on the trail with a time of 30:24 for 83rd. Meanwhile junior Patrick Welch also saw improvements from his time last year, knocking off 34 seconds for a new time of 32:26 (103rd).
Rounding out the times for the Eagles, senior Adam Hitchcock and sophomore Joey Gay were just seconds apart as Hitchcock put in that extra kick to grab 116th in 34:39 to shave off two minutes from his 8k time last season. Gay took 117th in 34:42. Freshman Brady Leavitt accomplished a 36:36 8k for 119th.
The Eagles will prepare for their annual trek North to Canada to compete at the RSEQ AUS Interlock Meet on Saturday, October 6th.