The Hamilton College men’s cross country team turned in another strong performance, placing fourth at SUNY Geneseo’s Mike Woods Invitational Saturday at Letchworth State Park.
The Continentals trailed just three nationally ranked teams in the 38-team race, which was run on the site of next month’s NCAA Atlantic Region Championships. Hamilton’s 210 points were just seven behind third-place Rensselaer, who’s ranked 30th in this week’s national coaches poll. The host Knights, ranked eighth nationally, won the meet and sixth-ranked St. Lawrence took second.
Hamilton, ranked eighth regionally, topped three other regionally ranked teams in the standings (seventh-place Ithaca, ninth-ranked Fredonia and 10th-ranked Rochester).
Jack Pierce ’17 paced the Continentals, finishing 22nd in the 534-runner field field in a time of 25:33.1. Adam Pfander ’16 and Harry Sullivan ‘16 ended up 42nd (in 25:50.1) and 53rd (in 26:00.4), respectively. Hamilton’s other two scorers, Jack Moses ’16 and Henry Whipple ’18, posted times of 26:04.3 and 26:08.2 to place 59th and 62nd, respectively. Pierce, Moses and Whipple recorded personal-best times for an 8-kilometer course.
The Continentals compete on their home course for the first of two consecutive competitions next Saturday, hosting the Hamilton Invitational.