Freshman Leads the Way at New England Championships on Saturday
BOSTON—The Yale men's cross country team raced at the New England Championships on Saturday. This meet draws a mix of schools, large and small, for an eight-kilometer race at Boston's Franklin Field. The team finished 19th, with a small, six-person team, led by freshman Peter Ryan in his first collegiate race. Northeastern won the meet, while Brown took a close second.
Ryan averaged 5:16 minutes per mile to finish 79th with a time of 26:10.90. While it is difficult to compare times between different cross country courses, this time likely places Ryan within the team's top ten based on season bests so far this season.
Junior Scott Meehan followed close behind Ryan in 82nd place. His time of 26:15.10 marks his second personal best this season, and is an impressive 20-seconds faster than his previous PR from the Fordham Fiasco.
Freshman James Lewis finished third for the Elis on Saturday. He placed 101st with a personal-best time of 26:33.14. This is a large improvement of more than 35 seconds for the freshman athlete over his previous PR, also from the Fordham Invite.
A duo of juniors finished next for the Elis, Thomas Gmür and Michael Yuan. Gmür placed 122nd in his first race of the season. He specializes in the middle distances during the track and field season and this marks his first eight-kilometer race for the cross country team. He finished with a time of 26:46.99. Yuan was the Bulldogs' final scorer, finishing fifth on the team and 146th overall (27:02.67).
Senior Tim Cox placed sixth on the team and 169th overall on Saturday, with a time of 27:30.79.
Full results are available here.
Report by Joseph Battles '18, Yale Sports Publicity