BOSTON -- The WPI men's cross country team lived up to its number-five regional ranking, as the Engineers raced to fifth place finish on Saturday morning at the 2021 NCAA Division III East Regional at Franklin Park. Three Engineers finished in the top 25 at the event, earning All-Region Honors.
As a team, the Engineers finished with 153 total points. MIT, ranked third nationally, was first with an impressive 23, followed by #17 Colby (67) and #26 Tufts (118). #32 Bates (126) finished just ahead of the Engineers, who rounded out the top five.
Graduate student Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) led a trio of Engineers with top-25 finishes, placing 20th overall in a time of 26:29. Steeves earned both All-New England and USTFCCCA All-Region honors with his finish. Right on his heels was junior Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA), also recording a time of 26:29, taking 21st place and an All-Region nod. Graduate student Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) was also an All-Region honoree, finishing 23rd in a time of 26:35.
Junior David Reynolds (Andover, NH) was next across the line for WPI, taking 41st place in a time of 27:16. Sophomore Jarrett Gulden (Walpole, ME) was the final scorer for the Crimson and Gray, placing 50th in a time of 27:39.
Freshman Ryan Fischer (Merrimack, NH) and senior Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) rounded out the excellent team performance for the Engineers. Fischer was 51st in a time of 27:46, while Yatsuhashi finished in 28:42 to take 84th in the 234-runner field.
WPI will await selections to the national meet which will be announced tomorrow at 3pm on NCAA.com. MIT goes as the automatic qualifier from the East Region. Steeves would qualify as an individual if Colby and Tufts earn at-large team bids and Brooks would join him if Bates gets selected as a fourth at-large team.
The NCAA Division III Championship will be contested on Saturday, November 20 in Louisville, KY.