JAMESVILLE, N.Y. - Gallaudet University freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) took home the hardware here Saturday as the Sweden native won the 2015 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men's cross country championship as he finished the 8K course in 26 minutes, 32 seconds. Kingstedt finished 18 seconds ahead of second-place Byron Evans (26:50) from Morrisville State College.
For winning the race Kingstedt was named the 2015 NEAC Men's Runner of the Year and landed on the all-conference first team. He was later selected by the conference coaches as the 2015 NEAC Men's Rookie of the Year for his stellar debut that saw him earn six NEAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week honors. Kingstedt's time was the ninth fastest in school history.
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.
GU freshmen Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) was fifth overall as he completed the 8K course in 28 minutes flat. Perez earned All-NEAC first team honors for his performance. Junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed 18th overall as he crossed the finish line in 29:32 to earn third-team all-conference honors.
Sophomore Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) finished with a pack of runners in 27th place (30:21). Gallaudet's fifth runner to finish and cap the team's point total was sophomore John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) in 60th place (33:56).
SUNY Polytechnic Institute won its third straight NEAC championship as he edged out SUNY Cobleskill by one points, 64 to 65. Morrisville State was third out of 12 teams with 90 points. Defending NEAC champion Alex Kane from Penn St.-Abington was a distant third with a time of 27:41 out of 105 runners.
- Kingstedt becomes the first Bison (man or woman) to win a NEAC Cross Country Championship since GU became a conference member in 2010-11
- Sophomore Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) was 65th with a time of 34:42
- Senior Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.) traded his men's soccer spikes for his running shoes and finished 68th overall (34:52), in his first race of the season
- Freshman Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) was 91st (38:12) followed by Dary Berke (Fremont, Calif.) in 96th place (39:02) and Rodney Lebon (Charlotte, N.C.) in 97th (39:04)
- Freshman Naod Getachew (Somerville, Mass.) capped the running field in 105th place (44:30)
- Gallaudet finished with a 2:28:21 team time
- GU's average time per runner was 29:41
"The men's team was involved in an extremely tight and competitive race. They fought to the end, to the point of exhaustion, for the good of the team. Giving your all when faced with a challenge is all I could ask from my runners. We left with the respect of every team in the NEAC." - Byron Moore, Gallaudet men's cross country head coach
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.