2014-15 Season - How it unfolded
The men turned in arguably the best season in program history, as they would finish the year as the 9th place team in the country - the week after finishing a very close second in the Regional championships. Mohamed Hussein would have an immediate impact in his first year, as the former Northfield Mt Hermon runner saved his best racing for the end of the season where he would finish 4th at regionals and then become the first All-American honoree since 2006 - and the first freshmen athlete to earn the honors in program history - as he finished 29th at the NCAA Championships. Never far behind him was Senior captain Greg Turissini who had his best season ever for the team, as he would pace the team in several meets, and finish 5th in the region and then 36th at the NCAA's. Dan Crowley - and individual qualifier a year ago - made good on his promise to bring the team with him this year, and he was consistently in the Top 3 all season long including earning All-Nescac and All Region honors. Senior Romey Sklar put things together in a huge way, especially in the 2nd half of the season and was a big reason for the team's success in the championships as he solidified the 4th spot with some great racing while Sophomore Raymond Meijer was a rock of consistency all season long, as he was always in the Top 5 for the team. Steven Lucey won the individual title at the ECAC Championships with a huge finishing kick, and Kevin Connors was right there in the mix as well as the pair of classmates showed huge improvements from their freshmen campaigns. Senior KC Fussell provided depth and leadership throughout the year as he was right in or around the Top 7 while first year Craig Nelson made a great transition to the 8k distance and would factor into the scoring in several meets as well. The team started the year ranked in the mid 20's and each week, improved upon that jumping all the way to a ranking high of 8 during a season that saw them finish 3rd at the NESCAC's (their best finish in recent years), 3rd at ECAC's and then 2nd at the Regional Championships with 5 guys earning All-Region honors. As a team, they would garner Academic All-American honors with its 3.57 - that would be the 2nd highest amongst DIII teams and the top mark amongst teams that competed at the NCAA Championships.
Track & Field:
The track season saw the winter that never wanted to leave and the spring that never wanted to arrive but despite Mother nature's best efforts, the men turned in another incredible year. During the winter, the DMR team of Greg Turissini, Brent Harrison, Romey Sklar and David Ingraham would break the NCAA DIII record with their NEICAAA Championship winning run of 9:48.61 and then 2 weeks later at the NCAA's, would capture 3rd place and earn All-American Honors. In addition to the school record in the DMR, Greg would also re-break his record in the 3k running 8:16 and ran 14:36 in the 5k. Mohamed Hussein certainly built on his XC success as he ran the fastest 3k and 5k in the country for a freshmen with his 8:29 and 14:29 runs, and would finish 11th at the NCAA Championships in the 5k. Kevin Connors dropped his mile time down to a 4:14 to join Romey in the 4:14 club, while the pair would also post the fastest 2 times in the 1000. Craig Nelson ran 14:54 in the 5k, using a tremendous kick that would get him the fast time but also a 3rd place finish at DIII New England's while Raymond Meijer would also get his PR under 15:00. Mark Cort battled through injury all winter, but proved to be very tough with his near 22 foot jump while Steve Hetterich and Khalil Flemming would also jump well in both the long and triple jumps. David posted the fastest 400 times but had company as senior Nick Codola had a great season posting fast times in the 400-600 along with Jamie Sandel. Chris Butko had a strong winter campaign, running 1:56 in the 800 while Lucas Lebovitz managed to stay healthy for the year, and came through with some big races down the stretch as did training partners Jesse Fajnzylber and Jack Wesley. Jeff Seelaus added some PR's to his collection with a strong finish to the season. While we were not able to win an individual titles at the meet, the men's depth and consistency in the scoring netted them a big win at the ECAC Championships. As the attention turned to outdoors, we got great performances in a variety of event grouping and some big breakthroughs from guys who had been a little quiet during the winter. Jamie Sandel was one of the regions better hurdlers while classmate Nate Showalter made a nice transition back into track after a two year hiatus. First year runners Justin Barry, Peter Horton and Jack Wesley all posted some great marks in the spring and are looking forward to building on that success. The mid-distance squad was rock solid from start to finish as Kevin and Romey were 2 of the best 1500 runners all season - capturing points and PR's at every meet, while Brent (arrison was one of the most dangerous 800 runners. Dan Crowley, after an injury shortened winter came back stronger then ever outdoors and lowered his 5k PR to a 14:47 and had a strong victory in the 10k. Speaking of 10k, Mohamed Hussein grabbed a runner-up spot at NESCAC's in his first 10k, won a New England Championship in his second one with a time of 30:43 and then captured All-American honors with his 7th place finish at NCAA's. Raymond would also put together a great 10k, getting under 32 minutes. Thomas Matthew posted top marks in the 100 while David Ingraham and Nick Codola would bolster the long sprints. Mark Cort and Khalil Flemming would battle the elements each meet in the jumps but kept coming through in the clutch, especially at the NESCAC's where both jumped awesome.
2015-16 Season - What it could bring
Losing 2 of your Top 5, and 3 of your top 7 will certainly provide some challenges but we are excited for what the season could bring as despite some losses, we should be returning some good depth and quality, and with the extra year of growth from a strong first year class and some tremendous improvements over the course of the track season, we should be in a a pretty good place. Mohamed Hussein returns after an incredible freshmen campaign and should be amongst the top runners in the country while Dan Crowley will look to throw down a huge season in his senior year and the pair should provide a great 1-2 punch. Raymond Meijer was tremendously consistent last year and should again factor strongly into the scoring mix, as will Craig Nelson who saw time in the Top 7 during his freshmen year last fall and could be joined by his brother Scott who looks to be back to full strength this fall. This fall could be the year of the SEELAUS as senior captain Jeff Seelaus has been hanging around the fringes of a huge breakthrough and this could be the time ,and would provide a huge spark to the team. Juniors Kevin Connors and Steven Lucey should see the gains they made this past year bring them into the scoring fold while sophomores Jack Wesley, Peter Horton and Justin Barry should see a nice adaptation to the mileage that will enable them to see some nice gains with their running. A strong incoming class could see several guys make an impact on both the depth of the team, as well as the potential to be in the mix of Top 7 but we will focus on making a smooth adjustment before thinking about the level of impact they might potentially have on the program.
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