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Menís Cross Country Places 10th at Pre-Nationals

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The Big Green earnewd 343 points to place 10th at the Pre-Nationals Sunday in Terre Haute,...     By Doug Austin
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Against some of the best competition in the country, the Dartmouth men's cross country team placed 10th in a field of 36 teams Sunday at the Pre-National Invitational with 343 team points. The 8K course run on Sunday is the same one that will be used for the NCAA Championships next month.

The annual meet was hosted by Indiana State on the LeVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center with Dartmouth posting an average time of finish of 25:21.

Senior Ethan Shaw (Falmouth, Maine) was once again the Big Green's top runner on this day, running to a 24th-place finish in 24:44.

Sophomore John Bleday (Westwood, Mass.) was next for Dartmouth, earning a 52nd-place finish as he crossed the line in 25:12. Junior John Gault (Bedford, Mass.) earned his team 71 points with a 25:25 finish, with Phil Royer (Portsmouth, R.I.) the last Big Green Harrier to earn a top-100 finish as he placed 86th in 25:36.

Junior Adam Doherty (Lagrangeville, N.Y.) was the final member of the team to earn points Sunday as he ran to 117th place in 25:49.

Senior Brad Kenimer (Alexandria, Va.) was 133rd in 26:00, while sophomore Steve Mangan (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) finished 156th in 26:12.

Dartmouth will compete next on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Boston as it takes part in the Mayor's Cup in the final event leading up to the Ivy Heptagonal Championship the following Friday, Oct. 28.