KEENE, N.H. – The University of Southern Maine had five runners finish in the top-11 of the race on its way to winning the 2017 Little East Conference Men's Cross Country Championship Saturday, hosted by Keene State College. Plymouth State University junior Sam Brunnette (Newport, Vt.) took home the LEC individual title after finishing the 8K course in 24:42.5, the third-fastest time in LEC championship history.
The Huskies totaled 36 points to take home the team title. Sophomore Chandler Vincent (Pownal, Maine) was the individual runner-ip in 25:20.5, while junior Ben Foster (Gorham, Maine) placed fifth overall in 25:53.9. Freshman Cam Meier (Bowdoin, Maine) was just seven seconds back in eighth, crossing the line in 26:00.8, while sophomore Nick Harriman (Lsibon, Maine) placed 10th with his time of 26:23.7.
The host Owls were second in the team standings with 58 points and placed two runners in the top-10. Junior Iid Shiekh-Yusuf (Portland, Maine) placed fourth overall in 25:52.6, while senior Philip Parent (Haverhill, Mass.) crossed the line ninth in 26.11.2.
- This marked the second straight LEC title win for Southern Maine
- The Huskies have now won six LEC men's cross country titles, the first of which was won in 2006
- Plymouth State's Sam Brunnette repeated as the individual champion, besting last years' time (25:12.31) buy 30 seconds.
- Brunnette is the first repeat LEC individual champion since Southern Maine's Tyler Jasud won in 2008 and 2009.
- Brunnette is the seventh runner in LEC history to win back-to-back conference titles
- Brunnette's time of 24:42.5 was just 1.5 second back of Keene State's Dave Bridgewater (24:41 - 2004) for second on the LEC championship times list.
- The LEC championship record of 24.00 was set by Keene State's Mark Miller in 2001
2017 Men's Cross Country Championship Standings
1. Southern Maine – 36 points
2. Keene State – 58 points
3. UMass Dartmouth – 82
4. Plymouth State – 83 points
5. UMass Boston – 112 points
6. Eastern Connecticut – 169 points
7. Rhode Island College - 193 points
2017 All-Conference Team/Top-10 Finishers
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