WILLIAMSTON, Mass. – Robert Hollis crossed the line first for UMaine-Farmington at the 2014 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships on Saturday, hosted by Williams College.
Nearly 400 runners from more than 50 teams competed in the men's 8k championship race. The course at Mt. Greylock Regional High School is known to be challenging, with many hills to test the runners' strength. The competitors battled it out under sunny skies and a high temperature of 35 degrees. The many spectators lining the course created a festive atmosphere of immense energy.
Freshman Robert Hollis crossed the line at the 28:14 mark, giving the reigning NAC All-Conference selection a 159th place finish. Sophomore Austin Gatcomb followed Hollis by 15 seconds in 173rd. Williams' Colin Cotton capitalized on his home turf with a event best 25:10 final time.
"We had a strong performance," UMF cross country coach Joseph Staples said about the meet. The Beavers finished 42nd overall out of 54 teams, earning 1201 points. Colby claimed the crown with 63 points, topping Amherst by six points.
"Senior captain Andrew Carlson was unable to compete due to a late season injury but I just want to thank him for all his hard work and leadership. Fellow seniors Joseph Paine and Nick Bourget were able to race and put in solid performances. I'm very proud of them and I know they will go on to represent the school very well. " Staples added about the senior class.
"I'm especially proud of all they were able to accomplish this season. I know next year we will be strong as we are only losing one scorer and we will continue to grow and develop. I have a group of strong, hard working men and I know they will work hard through the off season and come back stronger than ever," Staples concluded.