Men Finish Nationals 24th, All-America Honors for Geoghegan
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team finished 24th overall with 551 points at Saturday’s 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championship Meet at the LaVern Gibson Course.
Leading the way for the Big Green was senior Will Geoghegan who earned All-America honors with a 14th-place finish in 30:22.1. It marked the best finish for a Dartmouth runner since Tom McArdle ’03 was eighth in 2002, also in Terre Haute.
Colorado won the team title with 149 points with Northern Arizona finishing a close second with 169.
With heavy rains in the days leading up to the race, the course was littered with puddles and mud, forcing the NCAA to move the start line up approximately 110 meters Saturday morning. In addition to the wet ground conditions, the temperatures at race time were in the low 30s with strong winds making it feel even colder.
“Will ran the best race of his Dartmouth career today, which was exceptional timing for both he and the team,” Herbert Chase Head Coach Barry Harwick ’77 said. “I’m so happy for him in earning All-America honors and running so well when he really had to.”
The second Dartmouth runner to cross the line was senior Henry Sterling, taking 110th in 31:24.1. Classmate Steve Mangan was third for the Green and White, posting a 31:55.4 on the 10K course, good for 165th overall.
Fellow senior John Bleday took home 174th as he ran a 32:01.6, while sophomore Brian Masterson rounded out the scoring for Dartmouth, crossing the line in 32:23.4. For Masterson, Saturday was especially strong considering he was inserted into the lineup for the first time since the team ran at Heps on Nov. 2.
“I told the team this morning that we were ranked No. 25 in the country and our goal should be to out-run that ranking, which we were able to accomplish,” Harwick added. “It was good to get out there and be right in the mix with Princeton and to finish higher than Columbia, who was ahead of us at Heps. I am very pleased with how the whole group responded.”
The Big Green were the second Ivy League team in the standings as Princeton was 22nd with 469 points. Columbia claimed 25th as a team, just behind Dartmouth, with 580 points, while Harvard, despite a third-place individual finish from Maksim Korolev, finished 30th in the field of 31 teams.