MANCHESTER, N.H. – With a fourth-place finish by senior captain Evan Vadenais (Millville, Mass.) leading the way, the Merrimack College men’s cross country team placed eight runners in the top-30 and finished in fourth at the Shacklette Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Finish: Merrimack College (4th/8)
Location: Saint Anselm College | Manchester, N.H.
What They Said
Head coach Chris Cameron, “The men had a good effort today and kept together in a really good pack. Some guys are a bit banged up so I eased up on them a bit for this race. Throughout the year as we get healthy I see us having an even tighter pack. Overall a good effort for the first race, but there is room to improve and the guys know that.”
How It Happened
In the first race of their 2015 season, the men were paced by Vadenais finishing time of 26:49 which just narrowly missed a top-three finish for the captain. A pair of sophomores were the next Warriors to cross the finish line, as Keith Steinbrecher (Wading River, N.Y.) and Connor Murphy (Paxton, Mass.) finished in 15th and 16th place with times of 27:20 and 27:23, respectively.
The men followed head coach Chris Cameron‘s mantra of running as a pack, as just behind Steinbrecher and Murphy was junior Nick Christensen (Peabody, Mass.) in 20thplace with a time of 27:30 and in 21st place was sophomore Christian Gentile with a time of 27:31.
Junior Phil Harris (Plymouth, Mass.) finished close behind in 26th place with a time of 27:42. Senior TJ Curran (Chelmsford, Mass) and junior Jimmy Clark (Suffield, Conn.)round out the men’s top-30 finishers, placing 29th and 30th with times of 28:05 and 28:10, respectively.
How They Finished
1. Stonehill (38)
2. Southern New Hampshire (56)
3. American International (66)
4. Merrimack (72)
5. Univ. of New England (130)
6. Assumption (178)
7. St. Michael’s (196)
8. St. Anselm (241)
The Warriors race again on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they travel to North Dartmouth to take part in the UMass Dartmouth Invitational.
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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