Seven Hamilton College runners finished in the top 13 and the Continentals captured the 2015 Hamilton Men's Cross Country Invitational team title on Saturday afternoon.


The Continentals ended up with 31 team points, which was 17 points clear of runner-up East Stroudsburg University -- a Division II program. SUNY Cortland was third with 110 points. Fifteen schools competed in the invitational.

Hamilton's Jack Pierce '17 took second place out of 173 athletes with a time of 25:33.4 on the 8-kilometer course. Pierce just missed his personal-record time by three-tenths of a second. Mohawk Valley Community College's Zakaria Djouma was the individual race winner in 25:12.6.

Jack Moses '16 was right behind Pierce in third place with a personal-record time of 25:41.4. Pierce and Moses are now second and third, respectively, on the program's all-time list for fastest 8K time on the Continentals' home course by a Hamilton runner. Adam Pfander '16 finished seventh in 25:52.8 and Harry Sullivan '16 was close behind in eighth place and a time of 25:54.4.

Evan Abelson '16 rounded out the Continentals' top five in 11th place and a time of 26:19.1. Henry Whipple '18 was 12th with the exact same time as Abelson, and David Freeman '16 landed in 13th place with a time of 26:33.3.

The men have next weekend off and then stay on campus for the 2015 New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 24.

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