WATERFORD, Conn. – Junior Scott Mason (Wyndmoor, Pa.) and sophomore Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) each finished among the top five individually to propel the Connecticut College men's cross country team to a third-place finish among 20 scoring programs in its home invitational at a rain-soaked Harkness Memorial State Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Camels put together their best performance of the fall by finishing ahead of two nationally-ranked programs – No. 28 Brandeis and No. 35 Tufts – and also better than a pair regionally-ranked teams in Oneonta State and Ramapo. RPI, which has recently been tabbed sixth nationally by the USTFCCCA, won the team title by finishing 22 points ahead of runner-up Middlebury, and the Engineers' Grant O'Connor took home the individual crown by navigating the 8,000-meter course in 24:32.4.
Mason led the way for Connecticut College by placing second among 282 runners in 24:55.8, and Aschale was close behind in fifth by hitting the tape in 25:13.5. Junior Price Day (Harvard, Mass.) had a breakthrough race by finishing 20th in 26:04, while senior Connor Trapp (Wilmette, Ill.) and junior Russell Adam (Cheshire, Conn.) rounded out the team's top five by punching in times of 26:28.4 and 27:07.8, respectively.
Connecticut College, which has maintained its No. 8 regional ranking by the USTFCCCA, will next compete at the Plansky Invitational hosted by Williams on Saturday, Oct. 21 in its final tuneup before the NESCAC Championships.
Final Team Standings (Top 10)
1. RPI 55; 2. Middlebury 77; 3. Connecticut College 124; 4. Oneonta State 130; 5. Brandeis 142; 6. Ramapo 158; 7. Tufts 162; 8. Babson 285; 9. Trinity 302; 10. Plattsburgh State 303.
Connecticut College Results (8k)
2. Scott Mason 24:55.8; 5. Danny Aschale 25:13.5; 20. Price Day 26:04; 38. Connor Trapp 26:28.4; 79. Russell Adam 27:07.8; 124. Jacob Brill-Weil 27:48.5; 151. Josh Simensky 28:19; 157. Christian Carr-Locke 28:23.9; 158. Ethan Milsark 28:24.3; 199. Jordan Comeau 29:17.5; 253. Spencer Crough 31:14.7; 270. Finn Boed 33:07.4.