BOSTON - The Dartmouth men's cross country team ran to a second-place finish with 192 team points at the New England Championships Saturday afternoon at Franklin Park. Led by sophomore Henry Sterling's (South Freeport, Maine) 10th-place finish, the defending champions placed second in a field of 43 teams on the 8K course.
Sterling ran a 25:01 to pace the Big Green in the annual meet of schools from across the region. Dartmouth's average time of finish Saturday was 25:40.
Freshman Dylan O'Sullivan (Harrowsmith, Ontario) was second on the team and 23rd overall (25:24). Senior Jake Shoemaker (Sudbury, Mass.) was the third Dartmouth runner to finish the race, crossing the line 41st in 25:49.
Rounding out the Big Green in the scoring were sophomore Matthew Pierce (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) and freshman Luke Decker (Mission Viejo, Calif.). Just five seconds apart, Pierce finished 54th in 25:49 with Decker 64th in 26:04.
Sophomore Will Geoghegan (Brunswick, Maine) and senior Matt Miner (Ashland, Ore.) were the final two Dartmouth harriers to finish, both posting 26:58 times. Geoghegan was credited with a 132nd-place finish with Miner taking 133rd.
UConn won the meet with 149 points with four top-35 finishers. Brown was the next Ivy League school in the final standings after Dartmouth, finishing 15th with 414 points.
The Big Green's junior varsity team claimed victory in an earlier race with 35 points. Senior Dylan Summers (Wolfboro, N.H.) took the individual title in the race with a finish of 26:00. Junior Mike Danaher (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was second overall just three seconds back in 26:03. In all, the team had four runners in the top 10.
Dartmouth will head to the NCAA Pre-Championship meet next weekend in Terre Haute, Ind., on Sunday, Oct. 16.