Madison, WI-The Brown Men's Cross Country Team traveled to the University of Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday to compete in one of this season's largest events. The meet attracted running programs from all around the country and offered a high caliber racing opportunity to the men. Overall, Stanford won the team title and Columbia was the top Ivy League team in 5th place.
The Bears came away with a 44th place finish, averaging a time of 25:21 for the 8-kilometer course at Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course.
"This was the most challenging racing situation that exists in college cross country, and unfortunately we weren't up to that challenge today," said interim director of track & field/cross country Tim Springfield. "The quality of the field was similar to the NCAA Championships, but nearly 50% larger. Almost every team had athletes struggle with the size of the field and the rough nature of the race, but we had multiple athletes struggle and it cost us." The Bears graduated several lead runners from last season, including Dan Lowry who is competing for a fifth year at the University of Michigan and finished 11th overall in the Adidas Invitational.
Coming off of a solid race at Paul Short Invitational, senior Conor Grogan (Hudson, MA) was again the top finisher for Brown. He finished in 164th overall in 23:33 running sub-5-minute mile pace for the course and dropping time from his Paul Short finish 2 weeks ago. Jeff Bush (Westborough, MA) also improved upon his time from Paul Short Invitational, finishing in 260th overall in 25:22.
Bush was followed by teammate Brendan Boyle (Mansfield, MA) who crossed in 25:30 (273rd) and by Austin Snyder (Berkeley, CA). This was the first race of the season for Snyder (25:37). Other Bruno racers included were Colin Savage (Liverpool, NY) and Erik Berg (Seattle, WA).
Looking towards the next few weeks, Coach Springfield explained that, "We're not able to transfer our fitness level to racing success right now. It's frustrating for us, but I know that we have a training base that will allow us to compete well in the championship meets ahead."
The Bears will host the Rothenberg Run next weekend, Oct 19th, at Goddard Park in Warwick, RI before travelling to Princeton for the Heptagonal Championships.