WESTFIELD, Mass. - The first-ever New England Cross Country Championship was held in 1912. The 100th was held Sunday afternoon in Stanley Park. The common theme linking the two meets separated by a century? The Dartmouth men's team sitting atop the final standings as champions.
Demonstrating the great depth that the Big Green have this season, Herbert Chase Head Coach Barry Harwick gave some of his top runners the weekend off and his team still won the annual meet of New England's top programs. The 83 points were 40 better than second-place Boston College and 59 better than third-place Yale.
The team's average time of finish was 24:47.33, more than seven seconds better than the Eagles.
Leading the way for the Big Green Sunday on Stanley Park's 8K course was sophomore Silas Talbot with a third-place overall finish in 24:24.34.
Henry Sterling was the second Dartmouth harrier to cross, doing so seventh in 24:34.95.
Freshman Brian Masterson (16th, 24:46.81), junior Steve Mangan (22nd, 24:59.33) and Adam Doherty (35th, 25:11.18) rounded out the five Green and White runners in the scoring on this day to lock up the title.
A season ago, the Dartmouth men took second place in this meet held at Franklin Park in Boston. The team last won New Englands in 2010.