Men's Cross Country

Men's cross country starts Saturday with own short course meet

Men's cross country starts Saturday with own short course meet

The men's cross country team kicks off the 2018 schedule with their own Hamilton College Short Course Meet on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The 5-kilometer race is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. and will start and finish at Ferguson Intramural Fields. The invitational field includes SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cortland, Ithaca College, SUNY Delhi, Wells College, Nazareth College and Division II Le Moyne College. Oneonta is eighth and Ithaca ninth in the Atlantic Region preseason coaches rankings.

The Continentals captured team titles in the Hamilton Invitational and Hamilton Short Course Tuneup last year. The Continentals went on to post their fourth consecutive top-10 finish in the NCAA Atlantic Region Championships as they ended up in 10th place out of 42 teams.

Colin Horgan '19 and Reilly Shew '19 are the team captains and Ben Stoller '19 rounds out the senior class. Nick Lyon '22 and Max Steffey '22 are the newcomers to the squad.

Lucas Wright '21 leads the Hamilton men as he aims to build on a strong 2018 outdoor track and field season. Wright was named the NESCAC Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week after he finished second in last year's Hamilton Invitational on Oct. 7. He was the third freshman across the finish line and 54th overall out of 290 runners at the regional meet. He'll be one of the athletes veteran head coach Brett Hull will count on to fill the shoes of Peter DeWeirdt '18, who was all-region and all-NESCAC last year.

Horgan (100th place), Shew (126th) and Chris Skeldon '20 (128th) joined Wright as the top returning finishers at last year's regional championships. Bryce Murdick '20 was selected the NESCAC Performer of the Week after he finished fifth out of 170 runners in the 2017 Hamilton Short Course Invitational on Sept. 9.

The Hamilton Invitational is Saturday, Oct. 6 and the Hamilton Short Course Tuneup follows two weeks later. The Continentals travel to meets hosted by Williams and RPI, the NESCAC championship (Oct. 27) is at Franklin Park in Boston, the regionals (Nov. 10) are on Rowan University's campus, and the NCAA championships (Nov. 17) return to Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin.