Skyler Cummins '13, in 1500m, and Bryan Marsh '13, in 5k, Capture All-New England Open and All-ECAC Honors - Cummins Qualifies for NCAAs
Competing in second-to-last regular-season meet of their careers, Skyler Cummins '13 (left side photo) and Bryan Marsh '13 (right side photo) secured all-New England Open honors with a top-eight finish Sat., May 11 at Stonehill. Cummins had the top Cardinal finish as he placed third in the 1500m race with a time of 3:51.63, less than two seconds over the school record set 52 years ago. Cummins' time placed him in contention for an NCAA spot as it represented the 17th fastest time in the country at the time. It proved to be enough to get him in as the 19th seed among the 20
qualifiers in the 1500m for the NCAA Division III Championships to be
hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse Thurs.-Sat., May 23-25.
The last regular-season meet of the year took place at Springfield from Thurs.-Fri., May 16-17 where the ECAC Division III meet was held. Wesleyan tied for 21st among 65 scoring teams with 13 team points. Cummins and Marsh both scored at ECACs, as Marsh took second in
the 5k (14:41.87) but it did not improve his national status as he
finished 33rd in the country. Cummins placed fourth in the 1500m with a
time of 3:53.21. His previous time at New Englands was his season best
and put him 24th nationally in the event as of Sat., May 18.
Marsh took sixth place in the 5k at New Englands with a time of 14:48.29. The time did not improve his national placing as he entered the weekend ranked 31st in the event with an earlier 14:37.12 clocking at the NESCAC Championships.
Cummins and Marsh were the lone Cardinals to secure team points for Wesleyan at New Englands as well, accounting for nine points as Wesleyan tied for 23rd among 37 scoring teams.
At the NCAAs. Cummins was timed in 3:59.21 in his heat of the 1500m, just 8.46 second behind the top finisher in the heat but it wasn't enough to advance to the finals in the tightly packed race as he finished on his seed overal in the event. With that, the 2013 season came to close.