GORHAM, Maine – Conner Sexton was competing at the NCAA Regional Championship for the first time on Saturday, but the results tell a much different story.
The sophomore runner on the Wesleyan University men's cross country team hit the 8-kilometer course at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship, and never looked back, finishing 53rd overall out of 370 runners and first within the Cardinals' lineup, as the squad earned 11th-place honors out of 55 teams in Gorham, Maine.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT won the regional event with a team score of 81, outlasting second-place Amherst by 10 points. Sam Brunnette of Plymouth State was the first individual to cross the finish line with a time of 25:22.8.
- Wesleyan finished with a score of 368, clearing 12th-place Fitchburg State by 22 points and trailing 10th-place Southern Maine by 55. The Cardinals improved one slot in the standings from their 12th-place showing at the 2016 New England Championship.
- Sexton clocked a time of 26:23.9, as the Rye, N.Y. native has quietly compiled a great fall season, including earning runner-up acknowledgement during the group's season-opening win over Post at the Wesleyan Invitational.
- Sophomore Kevin McMorrow was the unit's second-place scorer for the second straight meet, as he finished 65th overall with a mark of 26:33.1. McMorrow, who is originally from Wingdale, N.Y., moved up 16 slots in the individual standings from his 2016 performance at the event, while he also took home 49th-place honors a couple weeks ago at the 2017 NESCAC Championship.
- Senior Tate Knight was the third Cardinal to finish the race, grabbing the 67th slot with a time of 26:35.8. Wesleyan received points from two other competitiors, with sophomore William Bajohr placing 88th overall (27:01.4), and senior Connor Cobb finished in the 95th slot (27:06.0).
- Sophomore Adam Linsky, who was the squad's fifth-place finisher at the Little Three Championship, also competed on Saturday, compiling a time of 28:10.1.