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By Paul Rakszawski
The men’s cross country team ran well at the Dickinson College Long/Short Invitational on September 18, finishing in 13th place. Unique from other collegiate cross country meets, the Dickinson meet held two separate races, the 4,000 meters (4K) and the 8,000 meters (8K).
In the 8K, the Bulldogs were led by senior Kevin Gwinn, who finished 30th overall with a time of 27:40. First-year runner Bryan Megee was the second runner for the team, achieving a time of 27:49 and finishing in 38th place. First-year students, Zach Kaminski (66th place) and Dan Beck (83rd place), finished third and fourth for the Bulldogs, with times of 28:20 and 28:27, respectively. Rounding out the top five for the team was first-year runner Tim Haines, who ran a time of 28:58 and finished in 89th place overall.
“I think we ran pretty well today as a team,” said Gwinn, who is one of the senior leaders of the team. “Our freshmen really stepped up and had good races, and I think this was a good first meet for us,” Gwinn stated.
“For the freshmen, this was our first time running an 8K,” explained Beck. “I felt like everyone ran well, and it was a good experience, getting a chance to run an 8K. I think the team ran very well and our freshmen ran well too,” Beck said.
In the 4K, the Bulldogs were led by senior Mike Curry, who ran to a fast time of 12:39, finishing in 21st place. Nick Piazza was second for the team running a time of 14:25 and finishing in 105th place. Third and fourth for the team were junior Matt Lykens (147th place) and senior Eric Decker (158th place) who ran times of 14:34 and 14:47, respectively.
“It was good to run the 4K because it is a little shorter distance than what we normally run and the shorter distance helps you work on your speed,” Curry explained. “It feels good to get the legs moving a little quicker again.”
“This meet was a good test of where we are as a team,” concluded Gwinn. “We aren’t quite where we want to be yet, but we will continue to work hard and everything should come together by the end of the season.”