CASTLETON, Vt. - The Castleton men's cross country team slated three runners in the top ten, including Grandon Smith placing first overall, en route to 33 points and a second place overall finish this morning at the Castleton Invitational.
Smith led the pack of 48 runners to the finish line with an impressive 27:27 clip, which was nearly one minute faster than Southern Vermont's second-place finisher, Marc Brandemeyer. Coming in fourth was Jonah Lavigne of Castleton, who finished with 29:04 overall time. Patrick Gilligan came across the finish line with a tenth-place overall finish at 29:53. Jared Wheeler found himself just outside of the top ten but finished right on the heels of Gilligan with a time of 30:13. Kyle Dash and Alex Lauzon also had strong times of 30:16 and 31:22, placing them in 13th and 17th place overall, respectively.
Southern Vermont, backed strongly by five top ten finishes, placed first overall on the day with 24 total points. SUNY Canton followed in third place with 71 points and had one runner place in the top ten. Johnson State and Green Mountain finished in fourth and fifth with 123 and 128 points, respectively. Rounding out the Invitatiotional were MCLA, New England, and Albany College of Pharmacy.
Castleton has opened up the season in great fashion with back-to-back second-place finishes. The Spartans will return back to action at 11:15 on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the UMASS-Dartmouth Invitational.