BENNINGTON, Vt. - The Castleton men's cross country team clinched a second place finish in their season-opening meet at Southern Vermont College's Mountaineer Invitational on Saturday.
The host Mountaineers took first place in the event, finishing with 31 points, followed closely behind by the Spartans with 41. Paul Smith's College finished a distant third and was followed up by SUNY Canton and the New England College Pilgrims.
Jared Wheeler crossed the line third for Castleton, finishing at a time of 19:04, followed by Patrick Gilligan right on his heels with a 19:05 mark. Kyle Dash rounded out the top five for the Spartans, finishing with a time of 19:11.
The Spartans will be back in action next Saturday, September 10, when they host the Castleton Invitational. Race time is scheduled for 11 a.m.