WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's cross country team placed a school record three runners on the 2015 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) all-conference teams after last Saturday's championship meet held at Jamesville Beach State Park in New York.
Freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) made school history as he became the first Bison to win a NEAC cross country championship. He finished the 8K race with a time of 26 minutes and 32 seconds, the ninth fastest time in school history. For winning the race Kingstedt was named the 2015 NEAC Men's Runner of the Year and was selected as the 2015 NEAC Men's Rookie of the Year after the conference coaches voted on the award. Kingstedt topped off his award haul with a 2015 All-NEAC first team honor.
This is the first time in school history and the second time in NEAC history that a runner has been named Rookie of the Year and Runner of the Year after Penn St.-Abington's Alex Kane earned both awards in 2012. Kingstedt earned six NEAC Men's Runner of the Week awards during the season and won five races.
Kingstedt was joined on the all-conference first team by fellow freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.), who finished fifth overall (28:00) in the NEAC championship race.
The top seven runners earn first team honors while 8th-14th place receive second team honors and 15th-21st are third team honorees.
Junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) became the first Gallaudet cross country runner (male or female) to earn three All-NEAC honors as he finished 18th overall (29:32). Close earned all-conference second team honors in 2012 and 2014.
SUNY Polytechnic Institute won its third straight NEAC championship and had four runners earn all-conference honors. SUNY Cobleskill had the most all-conference honors (five) while Gallaudet had two runners on first team to tie Morrisville State College.
SUNY Poly coach Bill Tylutki was voted by his peers as the 2015 NEAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year for a third year in a row and fourth time in his career.
Gallaudet finished fourth overall with 103 team points as the Bison just missed the podium. The fourth-place finish is the highest Gallaudet has ever placed in the past five NEAC championships it has been a part of this conference.
Gallaudet will send its men's team to the 2015 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional being held at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 14.