NE Regional Championships

At Conn College, November 14th

Conditions - mid 40's but very windy!!

Full Results

Team Scores - 2nd with 68 points (Automatic Qualifier for NCAA)

Individual Results

 

  1. Mohamed Hussein 24:39*

7. Dan Crowley 24:56*

16. Kevin Connors 25:18*

19. Raymond Meijer 25:21*

25. Craig Nelson 25:29*

46. Jeff Seelaus 25:49

75. Tucker Meijer 26:07


*All-New England Honors*

 

Meet Recap:

Runner of the Meet - Kevin Connors

After heading down to Waterford, CT, on Friday afternoon to shake out the legs and survey the regional course, the Amherst men awoke on Saturday morning primed and ready to attack one of the biggest meets of the year. Seeing as the course is nestled right alongside the Long Island sound, the wind was certainly a constant presence all throughout the day. Though it’s also a course that runs quite fast and this was a championship-caliber meet, which meant the pace would be hot from the gun. Shortly after 12:30pm, our seven guys shot off the crowded starting line and positioned themselves exceptionally well at the front half of the race. In the early stages, Mo and Dan would sit comfortably in the top ten of the race and simply let other competitors break the wind and set the pace. Only a few seconds back and sitting in the mid-teens, Kevin, Jeff, and Raymond all connected to work together as a dominant trio. Craig and Tucker were also not too far behind their counterparts, as they would hover in the mid-thirties during the early stages of the race. At the halfway point, a split occurred and we saw a group of around ten runners separate themselves from the field. Inside this elite pack, Mo and Dan remained patient and began to prepare themselves for a tough final push. Still sitting nicely in the top 15, Kevin and Raymond were glued at the hip and relying one another in the true trenches of the race. Though they had fallen slightly off their teammates, Craig, Jeff, and Tucker were still performing well and trying to keep the spread tight. Eventually we would approach the final kilometer of the race and Mo would find himself in a tight battle with two worthy New England competitors from Tufts and Williams. Though in the last 400m and coming off the climb up the gravel path, Mo would pull away once again and secure his victory with a very strong time of 24:39 - only the 2nd Amherst runner to win the Regional Championships as Rob Mitchell was the other back in 1997. After falling slightly off the lead pack in the later stages, Dan would regain composure to push hard during the final half mile and grab 7th place with a time of 24:56. Turning in the best race of his cross country career, Kevin was able to unleash a great move in the homestretch and took 16th place overall with a time of 25:18. Having himself an equally fine day, Raymond was right behind Kevin and finished in 25:21 for 19th place overall. Hanging on nicely in the final stages of the race, Craig came home with a time of 25:29 for 25th place. Pushing himself and his teammates to the limit for a majority of the race, Jeff hung on to capture 46th place and a time of 25:49. The final Amherst team member across the line was first-year Tucker Meijer in 75th place with a time of 26:07. Similar to a few races this year, we found ourselves once again in another close team battle with the squad from Williams. As the unofficial results began to pour in and the numbers were being tallied, we knew it was still too close to call. Though we eventually received official word and found ourselves with 68 points versus Williams's 67 points. Obviously it was a bittersweet defeat, but the efforts displayed by all team members certainly made the day very memorable. Everyone battled exceptionally well and raced at a high level. This undoubtedly sets the stage perfectly as we head into our final week of preparation for the NCAA Championship in Oshkosh, WI. The guys will be looking to once again excel and improve upon the program’s best finish at the NCAA Championship as well as challenge for the opportunity to stand on the podium (Top 4 teams).