Bryan Marsh '13 (slightly on left in photo) covered the 8k course during the opening event against outside competition, the Wesleyan Invitational, Sat., Sept. 22, in a time of 26:32.5 to take sixth place among 95 runners and lead the Cardinals to a third-place finish among 10 colleges. Team winner Bowdoin copped the top four spots to run away with the title, amassing 18 points while second-place Coast Guard collected 81 points to Wesleyan's 89. In fourth place was Little Three rival Amherst with 97 points.
Marsh's time was just 4.3 seconds behind the winner. The rest of the Cardinals' scoring five consisted of Taylor Titcomb '16 in 12th (27:12.6), Sam Roth '13 (right side of photo) in 21st (27:47.2), Zak Malik '14 (background of photo) in 29th (28:11.2) and Keith Conway '16 in 30th (28:12.1).
The team's next race took place at Lehigh University Fri., Sept. 28 when the Cardinals competed in a new event for them, the Paul Short Run. The Invitational will draw more than 100 college teams from all divisions and will be sectioned to promote competition. Wesleyan was placed in the Brown Division, which featured 33 teams including many Division I squads. With Marsh finishing an outstanding ninth overall among 283 runners, Wesleyan placed 17th. Marsh, with a time of 25:34, was the top finisher among Division III runners in the field. Skyler Cummins '13 had a strong race as well, placing 19th overall with a time of 25:51. He was fourth among Division III entrants. Eleven of the 33 teams were Division III. Rounding out the Cardinals' scoring five were Titcomb (63rd, 26:29), Matt Kim '16 (142nd, 27:31) and Malik (194th, 28:36).
On Sat., Oct. 13, the Cardinals competed in the annual Little Three meet, this year hosted by Amherst. Marsh again was the team's standout as he finished second in the field of 61 runners, covering the 8k course in a time of 26:16.1, just 4.3 second out of first place. Cummins was seventh in the field, timed in 26:41.5. Wesleyan's scoring five included Austin Cotant '13 (15th, 27:24.1), Titcomb (19th, 27:30.0), and Roth (24th, 28:07.2). Williams won the race with 23 points, followed by Amherst with 46 and Wesleyan with 61.
Ahead for the team is a trip to Bowdoin Sat., Oct. 27 for the annual NSCAC Championship.