HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – The Gallaudet men's cross country team ran a fantastic race Saturday morning, finishing in second place, at the annual Penn St.-Abington (PSA) Invitational at Lorimer Park. Freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) won the 8K race with a time of 27 minutes, 28.3 seconds, setting a new course record, en route to his first collegiate victory. Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) also finished in the top five with a fourth-place finish with a time of 31:28.9.
Gallaudet finished with 55 team points and were two points shy of first-place Penn St.-Abington (53 points) from winning the invitational.
The Bison had four runners finish in the Top 20, junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished seventh with a time of 32:03.1 and sophomore Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) finished in 14th place (32:25.3). Sophomore John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) was Gallaudet's fifth finisher as he crossed the finish line in 31st place (37:57.2).
Kingstedt is the first Bison runner to win a race in Coach Byron Moore's tenure during the past two season. Though Abington has a tough and hilly course, Kingstedt finsihed two minutes and two seconds before Penn St.-Abington senior Alex Kane crossed the finish line in 29:30.1 to take second place.
- Rich finished in fourth place last year at the PSA Invitational with a time of 32:15.
- Close did not finish the course last year due to an injury he suffered in the first mile of the race.
- The Bison finished in seventh place at the Abington Invitational last season
"I am proud of my team. They did a fantastic job today. I'm thrilled they came in second place. We just missed first place by two points. Otto led from start to finish. This is the toughest course we will run all year. He ran it magically by setting a new course record. Vicente came in fourth place and is a great compliment to Otto and the team. It was a great day for the Bison." – Byron Moore, Gallaudet men's cross country head coach
The Bison will travel to Lancaster Bible College on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.