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Men's Cross Country

Freshman Alex Close finishes 17th while Bison place in top five

Freshman Alex Close finishes 17th while Bison place in top five

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s cross country team finished fifth overall Saturday at the Fisher Invitational hosted by Westminster College. The Bison accumulated 134 points from their top five runners in the seven-team field on opening weekend.

Freshman Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) made his collegiate debut with a stellar run for the Bison as he finished 17th overall as he completed the 8K course in 30 minutes, 19 seconds. Freshman Ivan Alfaro (Yakima, Wash.) was close behind as he crossed the finish line 22nd overall with a time of 30:57. Sophomore Chris Davis (Stillwater, Okla.), the lone returner from last year’s team, was the third Bison to finish in 31:45 (27th overall/24th in team scoring). Freshman John Horton (Vancouver, British Columbia) was five minutes off Davis’ pace at 36:42 (42nd/34th) and sophomore James Glenn (Wichita, Kan.) was the fifth GU runner to earn team points as he crossed at 38:05 (46th/37th).

Freshman Neal Matthews (Kent Island, Md.) was two spots behind Glenn at 43:18 (52nd/39th) and junior Evan Saltz rounded out the field at 50:28 (55th/40th).

Geneva won the team competition with 44 points as it had three of the top six runners. Geneva’s Nick Edinger won the race in 25 minutes, 45 seconds. Hiram was second in the team standings with 55 points followed by Westminster (57 points) and West Liberty (82 points). Pitt-Greensburg was sixth overall with 142 points and Carlow did not have five runners finish to earn team points.

GU will next run at the Green Terror Invitational hosted by McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 8., at 9:40 a.m.

Photo of Alex Close courtesy of GU freshman Erika Linstaedt (North Branch, Minn.)