Men's Cross Country Finishes Fourth in NECC Championship

Photo Credit: Nick Luciano
Photo Credit: Nick Luciano

WESTFIELD, Mass. – The Dean College Bulldog men took home New England Collegiate Conference cross country title on Sunday at the championship race at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass.

Each of Dean's top five runners finished in the top 20 in the men's race, led by a third-place finish by Ryan Glynn (Abington, Mass.), who ran the 8k course in 29:46. Ross Rubin (Annandale, Va.) finished sixth in 29:58 and Yurly Buttrick (Georgetown, Mass.) came in eighth in 30:22 to round out three top-10 finishers for the Bulldogs.

Southern Vermont finished second in the men's race led by a second-place performance from Caldwell Holden (Weare, N.H.), who finished in 29:27. Davante Smith (Ellenville, N.Y.) also finished in the top five for SVC taking fifth in 29:55. Mountaineer head coach Jarrett Blankenship was voted the NECC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after the meet.

Elms College took third in the men's race led by NECC Rookie of the Year Ricky Elmer (Chicopee, Mass.) who took fourth individually in 29:50. Donald Cianciolo added a 12th-place finish for the Blazers, finishing in 31:40. The Blazers were followed by Newbury in fourth place, led by a 10-place individual finish from Geralson Withrow (Mystic, Conn.) who finished in 31:16.

Mitchell's David Still (New London, Conn.) claimed NECC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year honors after winning the men's race in 28:39. Still was the only men's runner to break 29 minutes on the 8k course and finished 48 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. The Mariners finished fifth as a team.



NECC Men's Cross Country All-Conference Performers:
Runner of the Year: David Still (Mitchell)
Rookie of the Year: Ricky Elmer (Elms)
Coach of the Year: Jarrett Blankenship (Southern Vermont)

Mark Garceau – Mitchell
Ross Rubin – Dean
Davante Smith – Southern Vermont
Ricky Elmer – Elms
Ryan Glynn – Dean
Caldwell Holden – Southern Vermont
David Still – Mitchell

Robert Gorman – Eastern Nazarene
John LaMagna – Dean
Donald Cianciolo – Elms
David Naghton – New England College
Geralson Withrow - Newbury
Ben Wiggin – New England College

Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Sebastian Wisnevesky – Dean
Kevin Rodriguez – Eastern Nazarene
Rich Hernandez – Elms
Mike Flemming – Lesley
Evan Crystal – Mitchell
David Naghton – New England College
Geralson Withrow - Newbury
Davante Smith – Southern Vermont