BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's cross country team exhibited its depth of talent on a slow-moving and muddy course, finishing 26th of 44 teams in its section at Lehigh University on Friday.
The Mariners defeated Landmark Conference foes Goucher College, Drew University and Catholic University.
A total 135 teams competed in meet that was broken into 3 sections. The meet included 8 of the nation's "Top 25" teams (Oklahoma, Iona, Princeton, Syracuse, Providence, Villanova, Virginia, Georgetown). All major conferences and divisions from across the country were represented.
Kings Point exhibited its depth of talent on a slow-moving and muddy course, finishing 26th of 44 teams in their section beating Landmark Conference foes Goucher College, Drew University and Catholic University.
Freshman David McGowan ran a stellar race to lead the Mariners with a personal best clocking of 28:17 over the 8K course. The rest of the scoring places for the Mariners:
Senior Logan Swan - 28:49
Freshman Alex Megeff - 29:01
Freshman Nic Walsh - 29:27
Sophomore Nathan Rogers - 29:39
"We are really going 11 or 12 deep each week in quality performances," coach Greg Lott said. "This week our No. 11 was only one minute behind our No. 5 [last scoring place]. This is quite a strength to have as we prepare for the championship portion of our season. As our young squad improves their races tactics their times will significantly decrease and they will be a tough team at the conference meet."
The team will not be in action again until a meet at Sunken Meadow on Oct. 22.
Photo: Freshman David McGowan had a personal-best time of 28:17 to lead Kings Point.