NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine - University of Maine at Farmington men's cross country finished fifth among the 10 teams competing Saturday at the annual State of Maine Cross Country Championships held at Pineland Farms.
Nationally-ranked Colby College won the men's title by placing its first five runners among the top nine finishers to score 28 points. Bates College, paced by individual winner James Jones, edged Bowdoin College for the runner-up spot, 45-49. UMaine-Farmington's five scoring runners combined for a total of 165 points.
First-year runner, Abdi Hassan (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) was the top overall finisher for UMF, finishing at 26:57.2 (27th) in the 8k race. Junior Connor Wagner (Bangor, Maine/John Bapst) crossed the finish line at 27:40.6 (39th) for the Beavers.
Rounding out the scoring runners for UMF: Connor Marland (Wrentham, Mass. /King Philip) was 88th overall with a time of 31:26.7. Adrian Regan (Cumberland Center, Maine /Greely) finished 104th overall with a time of 34:19.6 and one place behind was Tristen Rich (Madison, Maine / Madison) finishing with a time of 34.28.2
UMaine-Farmington will next race at the NAC Championship in two weeks on Saturday, October 29th in Vermont.