Wesleyan Men Place Second at MEC Championship

Wesleyan Men Place Second at MEC Championship

BRIDGEPORT – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's cross country team came up just short for a second straight Mountain East Conference championship today at the Bridgeport Recreational Complex.

Wesleyan had to settle for runner-up honors after scoring 60 points while Concord won the meet with 39 points.

"Usually if we score around 60 points, I would have told you we would have been with five or 10 points of first place," remarked head coach Jesse Skiles. "We knew it was going to be tough today. Concord has a solid team. When their top two runners placed second and third, we knew it was going to be an uphill battle."

Sophomore Matt Dearth (pictured) had the lone top 10 finish for the Bobcats as he placed fourth with a time of 28:52.

"Dearth is a great leader of the team," remarked Skiles. "He does all the right things on the course."

Chad Longanacre placed 11th with a time of 29:17, Marcus Black was 12th with a clocking of 29:18, Brettley Harris was 14th with a time of 29:25 and rounding out the scoring was Sean Snyder in 19th with a clocking of 29:51.

Non-scoring runners included Wes Stowers taking 29th (31:08) and Austin Jarrell in 36th (32:04).

Dearth, for placing in the top 10, was named to the All-MEC First Team

Longancre, Black, Harris and Snyder were all selected to the All-MEC Second Team.

"We have come a long way since we first met in August," remarked Skiles. "All the way to second place in the conference meet. It is a finish we will certainly build on."

Albert Schrimp from Wheeling Jesuit won the individual title with a time of 27:49 while Stephen Starliper from Concord was second with a time of 28:22.

Wesleyan will return to action Saturday, Nov. 7 when they compete in the NCAA Regional Meet at Lock Haven.