WATERFORD, Conn. – Junior Ryan Hayes (Kingston, Mass.) led the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's cross country team to a 17th place performance this afternoon at the Connecticut College Invitational. The Corsairs registered a total of 494 points to outdistance themselves from Marywood.
New York University won the team title with a combined 64 points as each of its five runners finished among the top-20 in the 212-person field. Coast Guard Academy finished second with 76 points, while host Connecticut College was 11 markers behind the Bears. Violets senior Sebastian Oja (Wilmington, Del.) was the first runner to cross the finish line at the Harkness Memorial State Park, covering the 8-kilometer course in a time of 25 minutes, 42 seconds.
Hayes averaged a five minute, 43 second split to become the first UMass Dartmouth runner and 88th overall to complete the course, posting a time of 28 minutes, 25 seconds. Classmate Tene Paquin (Middleboro, Mass.) was close behind, finishing just three seconds after Hayes to place 91st.
Senior Eric Karstunen (Pembroke, Mass.) tripped the timer at 28 minutes, 47 seconds, while classmate Matthew Ferro (Halifax, Mass.) clocked a time of 29 minutes, one second. Junior Andrew Goncalves (New Bedford, Mass.) rounded out the Corsair top-five. He completed the course in 29 minutes, 29 seconds to place 109th overall.
UMass Dartmouth will not compete next weekend to prepare for the 2014 New England Alliance/Little East Conference Championship. MCLA will host the championships at 11 a.m. on Nov. 1 at Mount Greylock High School in Williamstown, Mass.