WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Maine at Farmington men's cross country team ranked fourth among North Atlantic Conference institutions at the NCAA Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon at Stanley Park.
UMF freshman Abdi Hassan (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) finished as the top runner for the Beavers, crossing the line in 80th place with a time of 26:11.11. Robbie Hollis (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) followed just outside the top 100 runners in 105th place and a time of 26.33.09. Yussuf Adow (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) crossed the line at 29.40.95 in 289th place. David Doering (Portland, Maine/Deering) finished one place back and less than a second behind Adow with a time of 29:41.21. Connor Marland (Wrentham, Mass/King Phillip) rounded out UMF's scoring in 326th place at 30:47.12
The Beavers finished the 8k championship meet with 1079 points, which ranked 38th overall. MIT and Williams tied for low score with team totals of 110, but the meet referee applied the tie breaker to declare MIT the regional champion with MIT's top three runners finishing ahead of their counterparts from Williams to win the tie-break 3-2. Both teams will automatically advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship next Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
The 80th place finish by Hassan was the highest a UMF runner has placed at the NCAA Division III Regional Championship in the last seven seasons