WATERFORD, Conn.--Connecticut College junior Ben Bosworth of Dorchester, Mass. posted a time of 25:03 on the 8k course at Harkness Memorial State Park Saturday to finish second in the field of 295 harriers.
Bosworth improved on his 2014 finish by a full 48 seconds. It was the second fastest time for a Camel on their home course in program history.
Connecticut College Head Men's Cross Country Coach Jim Butler placed three of his runners among the top 20, leading his squad to a second place finish in the field of 26 teams with a score of 95 points.
12th Ranked MIT placed its top five runners in the top 15 Saturday to win the invitational with a score of 49 points. MIT is also ranked third in New England.
Carleton College of Minnesota, ranked #8 in the Central Region, finished third behind the Camels with a score of 106 points. WPI, ranked #9 in New England, placed fourth with a score of 111 points. SUNY-Oneonta, ranked #8 in the Atlantic Region, finished fifth with a score of 157 points.
Carleton College senior All-American Hart Hornor of Seattle, Wash. turned in an impressive performance, posting a time of 24:32 as the individual champion. He broke the course record set by Connecticut College's legendary runner Michael LeDuc '14, who held the previous best time of 24:35 that he established in fall of 2013 during his torrid undefeated stretch of running that culminated with a victory in the NCAA Championship.
Connecticut College sophomore Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) placed 12th in the field with a time of 25:38. Senior Niall Williams (Scotia, N.Y.) checked in with a time of 25:55 to finish in 20th place for Connecticut College. Freshman Price Day (Harvard, Mass.) was next in 26th place for the Camels with a time of 25:59.
Freshman Kyle Hawk (Napa, Calif.) finished 35th in the field with a time of 26:12. Sophomore Jordan Comeau (Winchendon, Mass.) posted a time of 26:22 to finish in 43rd place. Junior Zander Mintz (East Windsor, N.J.) was the seventh Camel to complete the course in 46th place with a time of 26:24.
Butler was pleased with his team's effort against a deeply talented field. "I'm thrilled with our team's performance today and I am particularly pleased with Connor and Niall's efforts," Coach Butler said. "They ran together throughout the race and Connor was able to move up to win one of those t-shirts as an All-Invitational scorer today. Our freshmen ran really well. Kyle did a nice job pulling us up. He was sick earlier in the week so I was truly impressed with the way he pulled through for us today to help our score."
Butler's teams typically peak during championship season. The Camels will visit Wesleyan October 31 to run in the 2015 NESCAC Championship.