WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Gallaudet University men’s and women’s cross country programs made their season debuts on Saturday here at the Green Terror Challenge on the campus of McDaniel College. The Bison men’s team finished ninth overall with 194 team points.
Roanoke College runner Tim Smith won the 5K race in 16 minutes and 45 seconds to help lead the Maroons to the meet win with 25 points. Roanoke took four of the top nine spots in the race. Hagerstown Community College was second overall with 42 points followed by St. Mary’s (Md.) College in third with 58 points. McDaniel, the host, was fourth with 65 points followed by Hood College (fifth, 74 points), Howard Community College (sixth, 121), Stevenson University (seventh, 127), Penn St.-Mont Alto (eighth, 183) and the Bison round out the nine-team field.
Griffin O’Hara was the first Bison to finish the race as he placed 54th overall with a time of 20 minutes and 41 seconds. Whitney Plummer was the second Bison to cross the finish line in 23:25 and two runners behind him was teammate John Conlin with a time of 25:02. Juan Villalobos completed the Bison team as he finished 74th overall in 29:33.
The meet marked the official return of the Bison cross country program after it ceased operation last September due to lack of runners.
Gallaudet will next travel to York, Pa., on Saturday, September 17, to run in the Coach Achtzehn Classic hosted by York (Pa.) College at 3:30 p.m.