Men's cross country lands in top 10 at NCAA regional meet

Peter DeWeirdt '18 (Josh McKee photo)
Peter DeWeirdt '18 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College finished in 10th place out of 42 schools at the 2017 NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Men's Cross Country Championship at Houghton College's Field of Dreams in Houghton, N.Y., on Saturday morning.

Peter DeWeirdt '18 led the Continentals as he grabbed 24th place out of 290 runners with a personal-best time of 25:22 on the 8-kilometer course. Henry Whipple '18 wasn't far behind DeWeirdt in 39th place and a time of 25:38. Lucas Wright '21 was the third freshman across the finish line and ended up 54th overall in 25:53.1.

Erich Wohl '18 landed in 63rd place with a personal-record time of 25:58, and Colin Horgan '19 rounded out Hamilton's top five in 100th place with a personal-best time of 26:25.8 despite running part of the race with just one shoe. Reilly Shew '19 was 126th in 26:47.4, and Chris Skeldon '20 was just two places behind Shew and tied his best 8K time of 26:48.5.

The Continentals recorded 280 team points and secured a top 10 finish for the fourth year in a row. Nationally ranked No. 4 SUNY Geneseo captured the team title with 61 points and No. 8 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was runner-up with 98 points. No. 25 Rowan University was fourth with 151 points, No. 30 New York University was fifth with 168 and No. 22 St. Lawrence University was seventh with 206 points. Rochester Institute of Technology, which was only ranked seventh in the Atlantic Region going into the weekend, jumped all the way up to third place with 124 points.