New England Regional Championships

At Williams on November 15th

Conditions - about 32-33 degrees but sunny, and firm ground

Full Results

Team Score:

2nd with 69 points - NCAA Automatic Qualifier

Mohamed Hussein
Greg Turissini
Dan Crowley
Romey Sklar
Raymond Meijer
KC Fussell
Craig Nelson

*** Top 35 Earn All-New England Honors ***

Pictures from the Turissini's



Meet Recap:

Runners of the Meet - A total Team effort so no single Runner of the Meet this week!

For the 3rd time this fall, the guys headed up to Williams and their challenging Mt. Greylock High School course with this time being the race of most importance - the New England Regional Championships. With 60 teams toeing the line vying for New England supremacy and a spot at the NCAA Championship on the line, the guys were ready to mix it up. Coming into the meet, the men were ranked 5th in the region and 16th in the NCAA but the focus was not going to be about rankings and projections but rather, the focus was on getting themselves into the best positions that would allow for the best races possible and did they ever do it. A relatively calm first mile a bit above 5 minutes kept the front of the race rather large, with all the boys in good positions but when it started to break up, there was plenty of black & purple in the mix as Captain Greg Turissini inserted himself into the Top 5 even doing some of the leading with Mo and Dan each in the Top 15, while the guys behind had also done exactly as they intended to with Raymond being right around 20th with Romey a few spots behind him with KC and Craig each very close to the Top 35. As they came out of the hilly woods loop the first time, 'reg was in 4th while Mo and Dan were 10-11, while Ray and Romey continued to be in the 20-25 range, with Fuss and Craig having fallen a little out of the Top 35. As they went through the athletic fields en route to the trails again, Mo had surged up to 'reg, with them running 5&6 while Dan was still in the Top 15, and both Ray and Romey were holding their positions in the Top 30 and battling Colby, Middlebury, MIT and Williams scoring runners. As they headed to the woods loop, and the big hills for the final mile, Greg and Mo continued to work with each other to try and get some separation from an MIT, Colby and Tufts runner while looking to try and haul back in another Colby runner. Dan was in about 14th but was closing the gap to the chase pack that he was going after while Romey had worked up with Ray around 25th and had opened up some room between them and other teams scoring guys that would give us some cushion needed later. As they came back onto the field loop portion of the course with about 600m to go, Mo and 'reg had closed the gap to 4th place and were battling Colby's top runner having opened day light between them and 7th and in the final 200 meters Mo would start to throw down a big kick, moving away from Colby into 4th running 25:30 while 'reg waited until the last possible second to finish his kick and grabbed 5th place in a photo finish at the line at 25:33.0 - the same time as Chelimo of Colby. Dan would ramp up his big finish in the final straightaway and grabbed an 11th place finish, while shortly after Romey would use his 1:52 800 speed to kick down a few more runners en route to his 23rd place finish in 26:03 with Raymond closing out the scoring for us with his awesome race placing 26th in 26:05. KC fought to a Top 60 finish, improving his time from earlier in the year while Craig would close out the books with his 80th place finish. Focused on the process and the effort and less about the overall results, the guys knew they had performed well and were in the mix of the team battle. When the dust had settled, they had grabbed a runner-up finish with 69 points, only 6 behind Colby's winning total of 63, and one point in front of a very deep MIT and host school, Williams in 4th with 85 points. With the 2nd place finish, the team secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships being held on Saturday as well as improving tremendously where we have finished the last few years and heading back to NCAA as a team for the first time in 5 years! The top 5 runners all earned All-New England honors by virtue of their Top 35 finishes which ties the highest total we have been able to earn at these championships.