Northampton, Mass.- October 27, 2012 – Anthony Salvucci became the first Springfield College men's cross country athlete to win the individual title at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champioship on Saturday, leading the Pride to a second-place finish.
Springfield finished second out of 7 competing teams as it raced the 8,000 meter course with 44 total points. MIT was able to win the event for the 15th-straight year with a score of 33 total points. The Engineers had with all seven of their runners finish in the top 11.
With his first-place finish, which came in 25:36.49, Salvucci, was named the NEWMAC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year. Teammate Ryan O’Connell also had a great race, taking second out of the 94 total runners, with a time 25:50.84. Zach Pietras had the next highest finish for the Pride, as he finished 12th overall, with a time of 26:29.77. Both runners joined Salvucci on the NEWMAC All-Conference team.
Erich Voelker was the next member of the Pride to cross the finish line, as he checked in at 16th overall, with a time of 26:42.14.
Also, finishing in the top five for the Springfield men’s team was Matt Scully, who finished 17th after running to a time of 26:57.50.
The men’s cross country team will be back in action next weekend, as they travel to Williamstown, Mass. to compete in the ECAC Division III Championships.