With the first cool day of the 2012 cross country season, Boston College ran a gritty performance to place 2nd at the New England Championships this past weekend. Led by a pair of top-5 performances from seniors Louis Serafini and Jordan Hamm, this year’s performance marks the team’s best showing since 2006. In true team spirit, Serafini and Hamm helped each other navigate the course before dueling to the line, both finishing with a time of 24:30. Serafini led the squad for the first time this season, and his 0.22 margin over Hamm brought Serafini ACC Performer of the Week honors for the first time this season as well. The 4th and 5th place finishes mark career high performances for Serafini and Hamm at these championships and kept the Eagles in the thick of the team battle. Graduate student, Tyler King ran a solid 24:49 for 18th place, while Anthony Bellitti and Danny Kane rounded out the scoring in 40th and 56th place respectively.
The team truly rose to the occasion and were runner up to a deep squad from Dartmouth. The 2nd place team finish was a massive improvement from their 16th place in 2011 and sets the team up to challenge at the ACC Championships. Those championships will be held in 2 1/2 weeks at Virginia Tech and offers a nice training block to build upon the team’s current momentum.
Another indication of great strength and depth was the 1st place team showing in the non-championship section at New England’s. With senior James Glover leading the charge in 2nd place overall, the Eagles packed 6 runners in the top-12 spots overall to put up 34 points in a dominating performance. With Glover’s 25:36 finishing time and sophomore’s Richard Lucas, Brian Wolff and James Newhouse and Tim Ferris all breaking 26:00 on the day, the competitiveness on this year’s squad and the ability to compete in future year’s remains high.
The Eagles will compete next at the Brown Rothenberg Run on October 19th. Stay tuned for more updates…