WENHAM, Mass. - The UMaine-Farmington men's cross country team raced their way to a sixth place in the Pop Crowell Invitational Saturday afternoon.
"The heat played small factor today as it was quite warm compared to the last couple weeks," UMF cross country coach Joseph Staples said. Connor Wagner led the way for the beavers with a 28:42, good enough for an eighth place finish out of 149 competitors. Wagner was followed by Austin Gatcomb, who finished with a 30:42 on the day, giving him a 24th place finish.
Joseph Paine finished nearly two minutes behind Gatcomb and a 71st place finish with a 33:10. Cory McCullough crossed the line 29 seconds after Paine with a 77th place finish.
UMF runner Robbie Hollis, was directed through a wrong turn about 4.5 miles into the race and took him out of competition. "He wasn't able to make up the ground that he had lost. I think a top 5 was in reach if things hadn't gone the way they had for Robbie. I'm happy with where the team is at and I think they will have more success later in the season," Staples added.
UMaine-Farmington will compete again at the St. Joseph's College Runnin' Monks Invitational on October 11, 2014.