At Middlebury on November 1st

Conditions - mid-30's and windy but great footing on majority of course, and made for fast times

Full Results

Team Score:

4th with 93points

Dan Crowley
Mohamed Hussein
Greg Turissini
Romey Sklar
Raymond Meijer
Craig Nelson
BenĀ  Fiedler
Steven Lucey
Scott Nelson
Kevin Connors
Jeff Seelaus
KC Fussell

*** Top 14 Earn All-NESCAC Honors ***


Link for Pictures from the Turissini's



Meet Recap:

Performers of the Meet - Romey Sklar and Craig Nelson

This past Saturday, the guys toed the line up in Middlebury, VT for the 2014 NESCAC Championship. Earlier in the week the forecast was calling for possible snow and mid 30’s. Unfortunately, there would be no snow on race day and it would be a typical cold, windy New England day. As it is every year, the competition would be fierce, as there were seven nationally ranked programs (3 in the Top 10) toeing the line on Saturday. The Middlebury course was certainly a course that favored more distance/strength-based teams, as it featured a respectable hill 800m in and numerous sections of rolling hills. At high noon the guys shot off the Middlebury athletic fields and the race was on. The men got out well and situated themselves well early on in the lead pack of the race. Due to the nature of the course, the next time the guys appeared was slightly after 2 Miles. At this point, Dan Crowley, Mohammed Hussein, and Greg Turissini were working well in the Top 15 of the race. Behind the front trio, Romey Sklar and Raymond Meijer were running strong to round out our Top 5. Once again, the race disappeared around 3 Miles and they would reemerge right around 4.5 Miles and make the chase for home. Finding that extra gear and charging across the slight uphill finish, Dan Crowley led the team with an 8th place finish in a time of 25:29. Right behind Crowley, Mohammed was the next Amherst runner across the line in a very tight pack of fellow NESCAC competitors. Mohammed finished 12th overall in 25:31 and just missed NESCAC Rookie of the Year by one place. Greg would be our next finisher in 13th place overall and in a very respectable time of 25:40. The first three guys would all earn All-NESCAC honors, the second time in program history that we had three honorees on the All NESCAC squad, and the first time since 1997. Turning in one of his best performances of the year, Romey would step up to be our 4th man and finish 28th overall in 26:13. Dealing with illness earlier this week, Raymond would falter a bit in the final stages of the race but despite the late race struggle, Ray would hang tough to finish 32nd in 26:14 and round out our scoring five. Right behind Raymond, Craig Nelson would be our next finisher in 26:17 and 33rd overall. Craig has been stepping week after week and this was certainly his best performance so far this season. Rounding out the top seven, Ben Fiedler would be our next finisher in 26:29 and 47th place overall. Steven Lucey would be a bit behind Ben in a time of 26:36 and 52nd place, and if they had worked together throughout the race than being apart it could have helped each with thier races. After Lucey, there would be a significant time gap between him and our final four runners. Finishing just in the Top 100 and nabbing 99th place first year, Scott Nelson would clock in at 27:29. Dealing with some stomach issues throughout the race, Kevin Connors followed Craig in a time of 27:44. Not far behind Kevin, Jeff Seelaus finished 104th and in a time of 27:50. Rounding out the team, KC Fussell finished 116th and a time of 28:42. As a team, the guys would finish a very respectable 4th place overall with 93 points. Williams would take the team title with 39 points, Colby finished 2nd with 76 points and Middlebury took 3rd with 80 points. As the team scores show, we walked away that day not too far out of the Top 3. Despite numerous strong performances, we certainly left quite a few points out there and have room to improve in two weeks at Districts. Next week, we will see our 2nd seven guys get compete to at the ECAC Championship at Westfield State. Last year, the team finished 3rd overall and we will certainly be looking to improve on that finish this year.