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Springfield cross country competes at 2018 NCAA Division III regional championships

.@SpringfieldXCTF men finish 24th while the women finish 28th at 2018 NCAA Division III regional championships. By @Robert_Dickey11

Robert Dickey
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For the second time in as many seasons, the Springfield College men’s cross country team finished in 24th place at the 2018 NCAA Division III regional championships on Saturday, November 10 in New Brunswick Maine. The Pride compiled 730 points on the day which was better than rivals like Wheaton and Maine Maritime.

Springfield’s top performer on the day and throughout the year was Jack Pinho, a graduate student who took 60th overall in the 8k race. Pinho finished the race with a time of 27:43.92 capping an impressive last collegiate season.

“He’s been our frontrunner all year and for the last couple of years,” explained head coach Anna Steinman in a previous interview. “He really proved himself as an overall distance runner from anything from the 800 all the way up to an 8k,”.

Springfield had more than just Pinho running in the regional championship though. Sophomore Ryan Vermette finished in second place for the Pride with a time of 27:43.92. Sophomore Cormac Tolan came in third place for the Pride as he also finished under the 28 minute mark (27:57.69). Junior Chris Tringali was able to come in with a time of 28:31.89 and freshman JT McMillen finished with a time of 28:38.16.

Amherst College won the race as they compiled an impressive score of 65. Williams (86), Middlebury (142), MIT (145) and Tufts (160) rounded out the top five finishers. Other notable finishers included NEWMAC opponents Coast Guard in 15th place with a score of 510 and Wheaton in 26th with a score of 795.

On the women’s side, the Pride finished with a score of 876, which was good for 28th place. The meet was a strong end to what could be considered another successful season for the cross country program.

Senior Kristen Madeia was the star for the Springfield women as she was the top finisher with a time of 24:17.38. She finishes her final season running for the Pride as a leader and one of the top performers for the entire year.

Senior Hannah Wunderlich finished her final race in second place for the Pride clocking in at 24:42.02. Sophomore Abby Murdock finished third for Springfield with a time of 25:00.07 and was followed by freshman Heather Fontaine at 25:17.74 and freshman Aly Coyle at 25:19.24.

The race was won by a well balanced MIT team who produced a score of 87, beating out Middlebury who finished second with a 108. In third was Williams coming in with a score of 115 and they were followed by fourth place Brandeis with a 136 and fifth place Tufts at 159.

Photo courtesy of Springfield Athletics

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