LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gallaudet men's cross country team returned victorious from the Lancaster Bible College (LBC) Homecoming Invitational on Thursday night with its first team victory under the direction of Head Coach Byron Moore and the first in a very long time in program history.
The Bison placed four runners in the top six and tallied 28 team points to win the four-team meet (28 runners) rather easily with a 24-point cushion ahead of second-place LBC. Freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) led the way again for the Bison as he won the 8K race in 27 minutes, 39.3 seconds. His time is the second fastest in the course's history (26:59 set in 2014). Kingstedt won his second consecutive race and was over a minute and 30 seconds faster then second-place finisher Brian Knorr from University of Valley Forge.
Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) finished the race in third place with a time of 29:50, while junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) crossed the finish line in fifth place (30:37.5) followed by sophomore Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) in sixth place (30:53). Sophomore John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) was clutch as Gallaudet's fifth finisher as he crossed the finish line 13th place (35:20) to cap Gallaudet's scoring. Perez, Close, Rich and Isaacson each knocked at least over a minute and twenty seconds from their time last Saturday at a hilly Penn St.-Abington Invitational.
Valley Forge placed third as a team with 68 points followed by Bryn Athyn College (83 points). Three of the four teams in the meet are North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) members.
- Three additional Bison finished in the Top 20 including freshman Miguel Barrios (Riverside, Calif.) in 14th place (35:55.2), sophomore Joshua Branscomb (Memphis, Tenn.) in 19th (39:16.8) and junior Dary Berke (Fremont, Calif.) in 20th (40:11.3)
- Freshman Toraneau Varice (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) finished 24th for the Bison with a time of 44:50.3
- Junior Rodney Lebon (Charlotte, N.C.) finished 26th for the Bison with a time of 46:24.7
"I am honored to coach such a dedicated and talented group of young men. They worked hard and deserve everything they accomplished today." – Byron Moore, Gallaudet men's cross country head coach
The Bison will travel to Cazenovia College on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m., to get a sneak peek of the NEAC championship course. Cazenovia will host the conference championships at the end of October at Jamesville Beach Park.