Bears Round out Season at New England Championships

Bears Round out Season at New England Championships

WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Coast Guard men's cross country team finished their season with a 19th place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Championship hosted by Westfield State.

The Bears racked up 602 points for the top 20 finish. MIT, ranked fifth in the nation, finished in first with 110 points tied with Williams, third in the nation. The Engineers were able to pull the upset by winning the tiebreaker and taking the championship.

Senior Zachary Velasquez was the top finisher for Coast Guard finishing in 26:23.94 (101st place). Velasquez was followed by junior Timothy O'Loughlin in 116th place (26:47.03).

The next two harriers across the line for the Bears were junior Christian Fields (126th, 27:02.78) and senior James Rimmele (128th, 27:03.93).

Freshman Jacob Panning turned in a 131st place (27:06.47) in his first regional championship while senior Caleb Teachout finished in 135th place (27:11.76).

Rounding out the top seven for Coast Guard was sophomore Alex Kearney finishing in 27:50.28 for a 183rd place finish.

Many of the team will be back in action this indoor track and field season, opening with the Bears annual Winter Invitational on January 14.