UPDATE: (10/18/15 - Hood College announces its course on Saturday was 7,500 meters and not an official 8K course. Kingstedt's record does not count)
FREDERICK, Md. – The Gallaudet University men's cross country team finished fourth on Saturday morning at the Hood College Open Meet, while freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) won the race with a time of 24:31.4 and officially setting a new school 8K record. The previous record set by Gregory Warren in 1978 was 24:49.
Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.), who has dropped nearly a minute off of his time every meet, pulled in 12th place (26:11.4). Perez's time is the seventh fastest in school history. Junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) was the third Bison to cross the finish line in 23rd place with a time of 27:05.0. Sophomore Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) came in 43rd place with a time of 28:27.3. Sophomores John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) and Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) were the 70th and 71st runners to cross the line, respectively. Isaacson's final time was 31:44.5 while Branscomb rushed in 14 seconds later (31:58.9).
Gallaudet finished with 123 team points in the 10-team race and were 23 points ahead of Hood College (146), who finished fifth. Washington & Jefferson College finished in first place with only 37 team points, California University of Pennsylvania finished second with 49 team points, and St. Mary's College of Maryland finished third with 94 team points.
- Each runner that completed the race for the men's team set their new personal record at the Hood College Open Meet
- The men's team finished in sixth place of 10 teams last year
- GU's total time for its runners was 2:18:00
The Bison will have the next weekend off before they travel to Jamesville Beach Park to compete in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship race on Halloween day, Oct. 31.