WESTFIELD, Mass. – Grandon Smith placed 32nd overall in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon, leading the men's cross country team to a 32nd place team finish out of 56 teams in the eight-kilometer event, hosted by Westfield State.
With a top 35 finish out of 384 runners in the race, Smith earns All-Region honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The junior crossed the line with an impressive time of 25:26, which was 45 seconds faster than the next North Atlantic Conference runner.
Jonah Lavigne joined Smith in the top half of the pack, placing second on the team and 159th overall with a time of 27:32. Freshman Jared Wheeler clocked in shortly after with a time of 29:15, crossing the line third overall for Castleton.
Kyle Dash (29:31) and Alex Lauzon (29:38) rounded out the top five for the Spartans, respectively.
Castleton's total score of 1,020 ranked behind only Colby-Sawyer out of all NAC foes in the event.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Williams tied for first with a low score of 110, but the meet referee deemed MIT as the champion with its top three runners finishing ahead of their counterparts from Williams. Amherst followed in third place with a score of 141, while Middlebury (153) and Tufts (159) rounded out the top five with fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.
The Spartans conclude an impressive 2016 campaign with five top ten finishes, including back-to-back second place tallies in the opening two meets of the season.
Photo Courtesy of Westfield State University