WALKERSVILLE, Md. - The season officially came to an end for the Gallaudet University men's cross country team on Saturday at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championship hosted by Hood College at Heritage Farm Park in Walkersville, Md. Gallaudet didn't figure in the championship as the Bison only had three runners. A team needs five runners to complete the course to earn team points.
University of Mary Washington placed five runners in the top nine spots to take the conference crown, its 11th overall since 1991, for the first time since 2004. The Eagles earned 25 team points to end the five-peat bid by Salisbury University, who finished second with 38 points. York (Pa.) College rounds out the top three with 71 points.
Freshman Max Wilding (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the first Bison to finish the 8,000-meter race as he checked in at 32:27 (62nd overall) as he was seven minutes off the first-place pace. Fellow freshman Richard Camacho (Medford, Ore.) was the next to finish for Gallaudet as he clocked in at 38:38 (74th overall). Senior James Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) ran in his final race as a Bison as he finished 76th overall with a time of 40:31.
UMW senior Frank DeVar won the race with a time of 25:23 as he successfully defend his individual title en route to his second straight CAC Athlete of the Year award. Salisbury freshman Stephen Berstler was named CAC Rookie of the Year while Mary Washington coach Stan Soper was named CAC Coach of the Year for the 10th time.
Saturday's championship was the first time in CAC history that every team was represented in the cross country championship chase. Rounding out the team scoring were first-year program St. Mary's (Md.) College (122 team points) in fourth place, host Hood College (131) in fifth place and Wesley College in sixth place (183). Marymount (Va.) University and Stevenson University along with Gallaudet did not register team scores.