BOSTON, Mass. - Bryce Livingston finished 48th in a challenging field as the Army's men's cross country team finished 17th at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships hosted by Boston University at Franklin Park Saturday afternoon.
Livingston's breakthrough 32:52 clocking over the muddy and difficult 10k course trailed Iona's Ryan Sheridan's winning time (30:36) by 2 minutes and 16 seconds as the lone Black Knight to break into the Top 50 finishers among a field of 244 runners.
Barrett Lehardy was the second Army runner to cross the finish line, turning in a time of 33:17 to rank 72nd with Torre Santiago rounding out the Black Knights' top three runners in a time of 33:43 (90th). Greg Griffith (34:10, 115) and Mike Mitchell (34:59/157) rounded out Army's top five runners, marking a core of who will all be back to run next season.
Despite the field's increased times and the lack of ideal running conditions, the Black Knights managed to draw praise from first-year head coach Troy Engle. "This was a solid team performance," said Engle following the race regarding both his men's and women's teams. "I think this bodes exceptionally well for our future."
Iona had two runners finish in the top six, including the winner, but Syracuse (with first runner finishing fifth) edged the Gaels by four points, 55-59, for the team title.
Providence finished a distant third with 78 points followed by Columbia (125) and Dartmouth (135) in rounding out a field of 36 teams. The Black Knights, 17th with 482 points, finishing ahead of Patriot League rivals Holy Cross (26th/696) and Colgate (29/761).