Coming through with four runners among the top-24 finishers during the annual NESCAC meet, this year hosted by Hamilton Sat., Oct. 30, the Cardinals came through with a fourth-place team finish, the squad's best posting in the NESCAC Championship since coming in third in 2005. Leading the Cards to the finsih line was Charles Lang '11 (far left in photo), as he placed 17 of 127 entries. He covered the 8k course in 26:52.0, 45.2 second behind four-time NESCAC winner and 2008 NCAA champ Peter Kosgei of host Hamilton. Lang was 30 second out of second place.
Wesleyan had four runners finish within four seconds of each other as Skyler Cummins '13 (#236 in photo) was 20th (26:55.3), Matt Katz '11 (#239 in photo) grabbed 21st (26:55.4) and Bryan Marsh '13 (#242 in photo) secured 24th (26:55.8). Wesleyan's final scoring member wasn't far behind the pack of Cardinals as James Lawrence '12 placed 31st in 27:08.4. Thus, only 16.4 second separated the Cardinals' scoring five.
In the most recent New England poll (10/19), Wesleyan was ranked 10th but has since defeated Amherst, ranked ninth, twice while also finishing ahead of #2 Bowdoin and #6 Bates. Most certainly the Cardinals will move up in the regional rankings when they are updated this week. That was exactly the case as Wesleyan advanced to #7 in the region.
The next full varsity event for the Cardinals will be the New England Division III Championship hosted by Williams Sat., Nov. 13. Before that, however, Wesleyan sent a contingent of JV runners to compete in the ECAC Division III meet in Bristol, R.I. Sat., Nov. 6. Wesleyan finished 12th of 44 teams led by Julian Applebaum '13 with a solid 20th-place showing in a time of 26:51.99. He earned all-ECAC Div. III honors for his top-35 effort.