Men’s Cross Country Posts Strong Showing at Purple Valley Classic

Brian Brooks - 2021 WPI Men's Cross Country

Williamstown, MA -- The WPI men's cross country team raced to a fourth place finish at the Purple Valley Classic Cross Country Invitational on Saturday afternoon. 

The team was led by David Reynolds (Andover, NH) who crossed the line 13th overall in the field of 153 in a time of 26:55.5. Host team and No. 2 Williams earned the first place finish with 29 points, No. 6 MIT took second with 32 points, and No. 31 Middlebury rounded out the top three with 86 team points. The Engineers finished with 133 overall points. 

Crossing after Reynolds were Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) who finished 27th, Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH) in 37th place, Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) in 42nd place and Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) in 47th place. 

Other scoring runners were Blake Audibert (Milford, NH) in 71st place and Thomas Flanagan (Needham, MA) who finished in 76th place, just in front of teammate Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) who took 77th. 

Ten collegiate teams competed in the 8k race with No. 30 Tufts taking 5th, Hamilton finishing 6th, Springfield crossing 7th and New Paltz State, Fitchburg State and Framingham State completing the pack. 

The Engineers will be back in action in a couple of weeks when they head to the Connecticut College Invitational on Oct. 16. The first race will begin at 10am.