BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Junior Mike Vaz (Dartmouth, Mass. / Greater New Bedford) paced the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's cross country team this afternoon at the Bowdoin College Invitational.
Bates College captured the team title with 22 total points, followed by the host Polar Bears (36) and Corsairs (94). UMass Dartmouth outdistanced Little East Conference rival Southern Maine (108) to complete the top-half of the eight-team field.
For the first time this season, Vaz led the Corsair contingent across the finish line, covering the 8-kilometer course in a time of 27 minutes, 21.23 seconds to place 17th overall. Senior Matthew Ferro (Halifax, Mass. / Silver Lake) crossed the line at 27:47.07 to edge freshman Ben Braz (Peabody, Mass.) by less than two seconds to finish 24th overall. UMass Dartmouth sophomore Sean Herlihy (Walpole, Mass.) and junior Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass. / Silver Lake) were sandwiched between a Bowdoin runner with times of 28 minutes, 10.66 seconds and 28 minutes, 28.18 seconds, respectively.
Bobcat senior John Stansel led the pack of 120 runners with a winning time of 26 minutes, 4.90 seconds.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 11, when the Corsairs travel to Westfield, Mass. for the James Early Invitational.