WATERFORD, Conn. – The University of Maine at Farmington men's cross country team ranked third among North Atlantic Conference institutions at the NCAA Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon, hosted by Connecticut College.
Robert Hollis (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) crossed the line at 26:19.0 in 85th place out of 380 racers to lead the Beavers. Connor Wagner (Bangor, Maine/John Bapst) finished nearly a minute later in 141st. Austin Gatcomb (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip) followed twenty seconds later in 166th. Josh Wynne (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) closed out his UMF career with in 238th place with an overall time of 28:39.7. Corey McCullough (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) rounded out UMF's scoring in 302nd place at 29:59.3. Amherst's Mohemed Hussein was the top runner with a time of 24:39.8.
The Beavers finished the championship meet with 932 points, which ranked 32nd overall. UMF trailed NAC rival New England College by 36 points. Colby-Sawyer finished as the top NAC school in 28th with 848 points. Williams claimed the crown with 67 points, which topped Amherst by one point for the overall spot.
UMF saw a significant improvement from last year's championship meet as five Beavers raced faster on Saturday than a year ago. Hollis set a new personal record by knocking nearly two minutes off his time, Gatcomb cruised over the line 50 seconds faster than in 2014, Wynne nearly matched Gatcomb with a 46 second dropoff, McCullough matched Hollis with nearly a two-minute improvement, and Josh Richards (Damariscotta, Maine/Lincoln Academy) saw the biggest improvement by cutting 2:20 off of his mark from last year.
UMaine-Farmington improved by ten overall spots on the team leaderboard from last year's NCAA Regional Championship and the 2015 season included the squad's first win since 2007.