WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's cross country team under Head Coach Byron Moore come into the season ranked fourth in the conference. After an extremely successful 2015 season Coach Moore returns with high expectations for this group of runners.
In 2015, the men's cross country team finished in fourth place at the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship and 27th at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championship. The goal for the team in 2016 is to continue to build off last year's success and groom the new batch of Bison runners.
Although the team has lost perhaps the strongest legs it has ever seen in Otto Kingstedt, the reigning NEAC Runner and Rookie of the Year, Coach Moore firmly believes the team has the ability and the potential to be successful.
Highlight: 4th place at the NEAC Championship
Awards: Kingstedt named 2015 NEAC Runner of the Year, 2015 NEAC Rookie of the Year, three all-conference honors
John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa), Jr.
The third-year runner and men's team captain was a consistent fifth-place finisher in 2015 and hopes to work his way into the top three in 2016.
Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.), Jr.
Branscomb entered the preseason aware of Coach Moore's expectations and came prepared to meet those expectations. As a veteran he will lead the younger members of the team by example.
James Weichel (Bradenton, Fla.), So.
After taking a year off, Weichel returns with the Bison and hasn't seemed to miss a beat.
Kingstedt was conference runner of the week for six weeks in 2015. He won the NEAC championship and was a 1st-place finisher four times throughout the regular season. He finished 20th overall at the NCAA regionals.
Perez joined Kingstedt on the all-conference first after he finished fifth at the NEAC championships. As a freshman he finished in the top five three times throughout the regular season.
Close a four-year letterwinner closed out his career with an all-conference third team finish at the NEAC championship when he crossed the finish line 18th overall.
Rich had the opportunity to be one of the top runners for the Bison this season after he finished 27th overall at last year's NEAC championship meet.
Dalton Attanasi (Hammonton, N.J.), Fr.
Attanasi has emerged as leader throughout the preseason.
Daniel Carson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.), Fr.
Carson's speed and determination will help the team fill the shoes of some of the runners from the 2015 team.
Yuan Tang, Jr.
Tang has showed good strength and stamina throughout the preseason. His commitment in the weight room should make an impact on his strides throughout the season.
"We have some losses from last year but no one should count our team out. We are here to compete and we may surprise some folks and have a lof of fun doing it." Byron Moore, Gallaudet University men's cross country head coach
The season reaches its pinnacle on Oct. 29 at Lancaster Bible College for the 2016 NEAC championship meet. Gallaudet will get the chance to run the conference championship course two times during the regular season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 1. GU will also participate in nearby meets at Stevenson University (Sept. 10), Shenandoah University (Sept. 24), Philadelphia (Oct. 8) and Hood College (Oct. 15).