October 27, 2017

Colby-Sawyer Voted Pre-Championship Favorite to Capture 2017 NAC Men's Cross Country Title

  Team Points
(1st place votes)
1. Colby-Sawyer 116 (6)
2. UMaine-Farmington 108 (4)
3. Castleton 98 (1)
4. Maine Maritime 91
5. Thomas 70
6. Husson 66
7. Lyndon 47
8. Green Mountain 37
9. UMaine-Presque Isle 36
10. Johnson 31
11. New England College 26

In preparation for the 2017 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Cross Country Championship, a poll was conducted among the league's head men's cross country coaches predicting how the team's would finish.

Colby-Sawyer was selected to repeat as the champion after receiving six first-place votes for a total of 116 points in the pre-championship poll, while UMaine-Farmington, last year's runner-up, garnered four first-place votes for 108 points to claim second and Castleton took third with 98 points and the remaining first-place vote. 

Maine Maritime was tabbed fourth with 91 points, while Thomas was fifth (70 points), Husson took sixth (66 points) and Lyndon was voted seventh (47 points). Rounding out the 2017 pre-championship poll were Green Mountain in eighth (37 points), UMaine-Presque Isle in ninth (36 points), Johnson in 10th (31 points) and New England College in 11th (26 points).

2017 Championship Information

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Location: Mount Blue High School (Farmington, Maine)
Host: University of Maine at Farmington
Time: Men's 8K Race 11:00 a.m. (women's 5K at 12:00 p.m.) 
Teams: 11
# of Male Competitors: 100 
Course Map: click HERE

2017 Preview Meet

On Saturday, September 2, six of the 11 NAC men's cross country teams competed in the UMF Invitational, which served as a preview for the 2017 NAC Championship. Colby-Sawyer claimed the team championship after scoring 36 points, while UMaine-Farmington took third with 71 points and Maine Maritime placed fourth with 93 points. UMaine-Presque Isle took sixth (197), New England College was seventh (228), and Thomas did not score as a team after running with only three student-athletes. For the complete results from the UMF Invitational, please click HERE.

Beyond the NAC Championship

Saturday's race will serve as a final tune up before the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships hosted by the University of Southern Maine at Gorham Country Club (Gorham, Maine) on Saturday, November 11. Teams and runners are ultimately hoping to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships scheduled for Saturday, November 18, in Elsah, Ill. at North Farm Facility.

Team Information

**For more information on each team, please click the school name below.

Castleton

2016 Finish: Third (88 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 1, 17, 19, 25, 26

2017 Spartans to Watch:

  • Grandon Smith
  • Gannon McKearin
  • Jared Wheeler
  • Oliver Rodgers
  • Carter Kline

Colby-Sawyer

2016 Team Finish: First (25 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8

2017 Chargers to Watch:

  • Peter Bakker
  • Ben Jones
  • Bruin Smith
  • Kyle Hajj
  • Justin Whittaker

UMaine-Farmington

2016 Team Finish: Second (87 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 4, 10, 11, 23, 39

2017 Beavers to Watch:

  • Jeremiah Sands
  • Robbie Hollis
  • David Doering
  • Jordan Fried
  • Connor Marland

Green Mountain

2016 Team Finish: 11th (333 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 64, 65, 67, 68, 69

2017 Eagles to Watch:

  • Jacob Nelson
  • Mason McKnight
  • Samuel Eisenhaur
  • Nicholas Lamson
  • Ben Nyklicek 

Husson

2016 Team Finish: Sixth (150 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 16, 27, 33, 34, 40

2017 Eagles to Watch:

  • Zach Hartman
  • Chris Pomerleau
  • Joey Gay
  • Patrick Welch
  • Jacob West 

Johnson

2016 Team Finish: 10th (312 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 52, 57, 62, 70, 71

2017 Badgers to Watch:

  • Jacob Greenia
  • Kyle Duffy
  • RJ Radcliffe
  • Sheldon Billings
  • Daniel Ott  

Lyndon

2016 Team Finish: Seventh (161 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 6, 28, 36, 42, 49

2017 Hornets to Watch:

  • Ben Cornell
  • Brian Corrigan
  • Matt Francis
  • Darren Williams
  • CJ Jimmy

Maine Maritime

2016 Team Finish: Fifth (141 points)
2016 Top-5 order of Finish: 20, 22, 30, 31, 38

2017 Mariners to Watch:

  • Brandon Goud
  • Zak Kinsman
  • Cole Brundige
  • Aylen Wolf
  • Alex Wicks

New England College

2016 Team Finish: Ninth (193 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 15, 24, 41, 55, 58, 66

2017 Pilgrims to Watch:

  • Luis Aviles
  • Alex Staddon
  • Justus Grier
  • Zyreek Roscoe
  • Gary Kargakos

UMaine-Presque Isle

2016 Team Finish: Eighth (178 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 12, 21, 46, 48, 51

2017 Owls to Watch:

  • Kyle Davis
  • Saul Nunez
  • Andrew Hunt
  • Jesse Gonzalez
  • Danny Gillotti

Thomas

2016 Team Finish: Fourth (128 points)
2016 Top-5 Order of Finish: 9, 18, 29, 35, 37

2017 Terriers to Watch:

  • Jarrod Ottman
  • Sam Traynor
  • Tito Naranja
  • Dillon Sullivan
  • Trent Labbe

 

A Look Back at the 2016 Championship

At the 2016 NAC Men's Cross Country Championship, Colby-Sawyer claimed the 2016 NAC Title after scoring 25 points with five runners in the top eight, while UMaine-Farmington was the runner-up with 87 points, Castleton was third (88), and Thomas was fourth (128). The remaining order of finish was Maine Maritime (141), Husson (150), Lyndon (161) UMaine-Presque Isle (178), New England College (193), Johnson (312) and Green Mountain (333). For the complete 2016 results, please click HERE.