BELFAST, Maine --The Husson University Eagles claimed the 2018 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Cross Country Championship on Sunday, October 28, capturing their first conference title in program history after being ranked to finish sixth in the pre-championship poll. The Eagles' previous best finish at a championship was last season when they finished in fifth.
Jarrod Ottman of Thomas won the NAC individual title with a time of 27:26.80.
The Eagles earned first place after scoring 65 points with two runners in the top seven. The 8k championship race included 66 total runners, representing eight schools.
The men's runner-up was Maine Maritime, as the Mariners turned in a 72, while 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).
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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 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.
Finishing out the scoring for the Eagles was Ricky Smith, Patrick Welch, and Reece Rodrigue all capturing a top-20 time. Smith paced a 6:04 mile for 15th with a total time of 30:10.2. Welch was the 18th runner to cross the finish line in 30:35.9 while Rodrigue grabbed 20th finishing in 30:52.8.
The Eagles are scheduled to compete at the NCAA DIII Northeast Regional Championshiphosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday, November 10th.