NEWVILLE, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men's cross country team finished 27th overall out of 52 teams at the 2015 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional meet here on a windy and cool Saturday at Big Spring High School and hosted by Dickinson College.
Freshman Otto Kingstedt (Stockholm, Sweden) was the first Bison to complete the 8K course as he crossed the finish line in 26 minutes, 2.4 seconds to place 20th overall. Kingstedt's time is a new personal best time in a Bison uniform and the fourth fastest time in school history. Kingstedt was only the third freshman to finish the course that featured 371 runners. Kingstedt was named to the 2015 Mideast Region All-Freshman Team and earned all-region honors as one of the Top 35 finishers.
"Otto finishing in the Top 20 and making the 2015 All-Freshman Team is a great accomplishment. It is a true account of his hard work and commitment," said Gallaudet cross country coach Byron Moore.
Freshman Vicente Perez (Cicero, Ill.) was Gallaudet's second finisher as he placed 102nd with a time of 27:32. Junior Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) finished 239th (29:19.6) and sophomore Dylan Rich (Brockton, Mass.) rolled in just 10 seconds later in 246th place (29:29.4). Sophomore John Isaacson (Clive, Iowa) was the last Bison to score team points as he placed 345th (33:06.5).
Haverford College won the team title with 67 points as its top five runners finished in the top 26 spots. Haverford senior Charlie Marquardt won the face in 25:14.8. Elizabethtown College was second with 93 points followed by Carnegie Mellon University in third (98).
- Kingstedt completes his stellar rookie campaign by holding four of the school's top 8K times
- All seven Bison runners set personal best times this season in today's meet
- Branscomb took over eight minutes off his slowest time this season
"I am extremely proud of the entire season. The men's team preformed beautifully all year. The regional championship course was challenging but I believe they handled it very well. The team will work even harder during off-season to continue to build on what we have established this year." - Byron Moore, Gallaudet cross country head coach
All of the key pieces return next season for Gallaudet led by Kingstedt. The future is very bright for the Bison men's cross country program as they embark on improving in the off-season and aim for bigger and better things in 2016.