Jeffs 11th at New England Regionals
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WESTFIELD, Mass. – Andrew Erskine ’13 placed 29th to lead the Amherst College men’s cross country team to an 11th-place finish out of 50 teams at the Division III New England Regional Championships hosted by Westfield State on Saturday. Crossing the line in 25:32.76, the senior earned All-New England honors for his performance on the eight-kilometer course at Stanley Park.
With all five scorers in the top 26, Middlebury won the team competition, totaling 91 points. Bowdoin’s Coby Horowitz won the individual title in 24:51.36 and teammate Samuel Seekins was just behind him in second as the Polar Bears were runners-up with a score of 101, edging NESCAC rivals Bates (105), Williams (113), and Tufts (114). Amherst’s 318 points placed the Jeffs between Keene State (270) and Colby (357).
After Erskine, Greg Turissini ’15 was the next Jeff to finish, placing 54th in 26:04.81. KC Fussell ’15 (26:24.15) took 68th, while Gus Greenstein (26:40.74) and Romey Sklar (26:48.07) rounded out Amherst’s scoring in 81st and 86th, respectively.
Seniors Dillon Buckley (27:01.27) and Pat Grimes (27:20.54) finished their cross country careers by placing 99th and 116th, respectively. Though they did not race, the meet also marked the finale for seniors Eli Howe and Adron Pitmon.
For Erskine, the meet ended a strong career that saw the Jeff harrier qualify for nationals with a sixth-place performance at last year’s regional meet. With only the top seven individuals from non-qualifying teams advancing, however, Erskine’s placement will not be enough to send him to this year’s championship meet next Saturday.