BOSTON, Mass. – Racing against four of the top 25 college teams in the country, the Bucknell men’s cross country team finished in the ninth spot at the Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown, hosted by Boston College in Franklin Park. Runners from No. 12 Oregon claimed the top two spots in the 8K race, as the Ducks accumulated 22 points to take the team title. No. 9 Syracuse (69) and No. 25 Providence (81) rounded out the top three, while the Bison finished ahead of Johns Hopkins, Stony Brook, Hartford and Rhode Island with 255 points.
"The injury and sickness bugs hit us pretty good this week, and we were not at full strength," said head coach Kevin Donner after the race. "The experience of this meet was priceless for our men. We have plenty of time to be ready for the championships, but we need to be patient. It was great to see Andrew Garcia-Garrison run well, which will help his confidence."
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won the highly competitive race with a time of 24:11, while junior Michael McGowan turned in Bucknell’s top outing, crossing the line in a time of 25:16 to finish 38th out of 140 competitors. McGowan continues to shine for the Bison, as he has been the team’s top runner in each meet this season. Classmate Andrew Garcia-Garrison was just a few seconds behind, claiming the 39th spot in 25:20. Sophomore Harrison Brakewood (25:52), senior David Strauss (26:04) and sophomore John Kirna (26:12) rounded out the scoring for the Bison.
Another group of Bison will compete on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Husky Invitational at Bloomsburg University, and then the team will train for a week before heading to Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 5 to compete in Lehigh’s Paul Short Invitational.