WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's cross country team is looking at a brand new season with head coach Byron Moore back for his second season. Moore has high expectations for his team this season, on and off the course. With some strong returners and some new legs the team is looking forward to making long strides towards being one of the top teams in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC).
With a slew of newcomers to the team there is a lot of motivation to do well and be successful this fall. Most of the runners come from an athletic background and are gelling well with the team, responding well to being critiqued and being pushed to do their best.
The Bison men's cross country team is fighting their way to the top in the conference with a goal of finishing in the top five at the conference championship on Halloween in New York. They plan to utilize the veterans as well as the new additions to reach their goals.
Highlight: Hosted the NEAC Championships and Bison Invitational
Awards: Alex Close placed eighth at the NEAC championship meet, earning second team All-NEAC honors. Dylan Rich finished 18th place at the NEAC championship meet to earn third-team All-NEAC honors.
Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.), Jr.
Close returns this year as a junior and will serve as team captain. He finished first for the Bison in all five regular-season meets in which he ran. He also placed eighth at the NEAC championship meet and represented Gallaudet University at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional meet. Close ran his fastest time at the Hood College Open Meet 8K with a time of 28:00.01 last year.
Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.), So.
Rich returns from a stellar freshman season where he was consistently a top finisher for the Bison. He placed 18th at the NEAC championship meet and represented Gallaudet University at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional meet. Rich ran his fastest time at the Penn St.-Abington 8K with a time of 32:15.
Gabriel Carino (Bronx, N.Y.), Sr.
Carino was a consistent No. 3 runner for the Bison but chose to play for the Gallaudet men's soccer team this season.
"He was a strong runner last year," said Moore. "We are sad to see him go but soccer is his passion so I'm happy for him in that aspect."
Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden), Fr.
Kingstedt is a freshman from Sweden. Coach Moore expects him to be a top finisher and a leader for the men's cross country team this fall.
Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.), Fr.
Perez is also a freshman who was a top runner in his home state of Illinois.
"We have a fantastic group coming in this year. Some are new, some are veterans to the team. Our newcomers are very motivated." Byron Moore, Gallaudet University cross country head coach
The Bison men's cross country team is looking forward to the upcoming competition of the fall schedule. Coach Moore is looking forward to the first two meets of the season; against his alma mater, Salisbury University, with a fast course that will be good motivation to help with quick times, and Penn St.-Abington who has a tough course with a lot of hills and different terrain that will help prepare the runners for what to expect at Hood and Goucher in October.
The Bison are eagerly anticipating the competition that awaits and though the cross country team has no home meets this season, both Goucher and Hood are only a short trip away from campus.
Cazenovia College will host the 2015 NEAC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 31 with the NCAA regional and championship to follow in November.