NEWVILLE, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s cross country team finished 22nd overall at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational at Big Spring High School on Saturday. The Bison ran in the short course and accumulated 292 team points as the top three finishers from each team qualified for team points.
The invitational was deep as 22 teams, 166 runners, ran in the short course competition and featured many of the top cross country teams in the Atlantic, Mideast and South/Southeast Regions.
Dickinson, ranked second in the Mideast Region, won the short course competition with nine points as the Red Devils swept the first two spots on their home course. Dylan Straughan won the 4,000-meter race in 12 minutes, 35 seconds, as teammate Henry Mynatt was four seconds behind in second. Rowan, ranked fifth in the Atlantic Region, was second with 30 points and Carnegie Mellon, ranked fourth in the Mideast Region, round out the top three spots with 45 points.
Gallaudet’s top finisher, for a third straight week, was junior Griffin O’Hara (Colorado Springs, Colo.) who finished 145th overall but in 91st place for team points with a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds. Junior Juan Villalobos (South Gate, Calif.) and freshman Whitney Plummer (Fountain Valley, Calif.) followed in 162nd, 163rd place, respectively, with the same time of 17:26. Freshman John Conlin (Williams Bay, Wis.) was the last Bison to finish as he crossed second to last with a time of 18:03.
Johns Hopkins won the 8,000-meter long course race with 26 team points, once again the top three finishers from each team qualified for team points. Dickinson (27 points) and Swarthmore (32) followed the Blue Jays. Gallaudet did not compete in the long course race.
Dickinson won the overall combined long and short course races with 36 combined points followed by Carnegie Mellon (82 points) and Johns Hopkins (164 points).
Gallaudet is off next weekend and will next compete at the DeSales Invitational in Center Valley, Pa., on October 8, at 10:30 a.m.