Terre Haute, Ind. - November 17, 2012 - Anthony Salvucci and Ryan O'Connell both raced at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. In a race comprised of 279 of the top runners in the country, Salvucci earned All-America status by placing 20th, while O'Connell took 106th.
It marked the first time that Springfield College has had multiple racers in the national men's cross country race since it became a Division III program in 1995.
"Tony and Ryan represented Springfield College well today," said head coach Bryan Brown. "For Tony to earn All-America status and for Ryan to run at nationals for the second-straight year despite battling injuries all season, I'm really proud of both of them."
In his first appearance in a national cross country race, Salvucci had a tremendous race as he crossed the finish line in 20th place in a time of 24:55. The senior became just the fifth All-American in Springfield College men's cross country program history, and the first since 1973. Racing against some of the top competition all season in New England, the Burlington, Mass. native was the seventh fastest runner from New England to finish the 8,000 meter course.
O'Connell, making his second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championship, ran a time of 25:45.9 to finish 106th in the race.