COBLESKILL, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University men’s cross country team braved the cold elements Saturday in Cobleskill, N.Y., as the Bison made their first-ever appearance in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships hosted by SUNY Cobleskill. The Bison accumulated 255 team points and finished 10th overall out of 10 official teams (at least five runners finish), 12 programs were represented in the championship meet.
The host Fighting Tigers won their third NEAC championship in four years with 24 team points. SUNYIT finished second with 44 points followed Morrisville State College (81 team points), Penn St.-Berks (145), Keuka College (147), Wells College (165), Penn St.-Abington (168), Lancaster Bible College (209) and Penn St.-Harrisburg (244).
SUNY Cobleskill sophomore Conor Cashin won the 8K race in 28 minutes, 27 seconds and by doing so earned his second consecutive NEAC Runner of the Year. Morrisville State freshman Greg Johnsmeyer, who finished fifth overall (29:44), was named the NEAC Rookie of the Year. Cobleskill coach Mitch Tomaszkiewicz was named the NEAC Coach of the Year.
Junior Griffin O’Hara (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the first Bison to finish as he placed 41st overall with a time of 33 minutes, 50 seconds. Sophomore Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.) was the next Bison in 58th place (35:57) with freshman Juan Munoz (Houston, Texas) right behind him in 59th place (36:01). Junior Whitney Plummer (Fountain Valley, Calif.) was 24 seconds behind in 63rd place (36:25). Freshman John Conlin (Williams Bay, Wis.) was the fifth Bison to cross the finish line in 78th place (40:04). Junior Juan Villalobos (South Gate, Calif.) was the last runner to complete the race as his Bison teammates cheered him on to not give up and finish as he crossed in 86th place (59:59). This was the last meet for the Bison this season.
“Despite the freezing temperature our team stepped up and exhibited determination and grit,” said Gallaudet head coach Mikaela Gardner Hudson. “I am so proud of our men’s team. Griffin and Juan Munoz set personal records out on a tough course. We are excited to see how we perform next season.”