Men's cross country takes state championships
The Bowdoin Men's Cross Country Team won in convincing fashion on their
home course last Saturday, finishing first in the Maine State Championship
for the second straight year. The team tallied an impressive 28 points,
while second-place Colby, third-place Bates, and fourth-place University
of Southern Maine scored 54, 64, and 121 points, respectively.
As the gun sounded and the runners took off, the skies opened and rain
began to pour down. Although the shower was brief, the soggy conditions
made for a sloppy and exciting race.
Captain Todd Forsgren '03 described the challenging conditions. "As
the rain came down in buckets, I couldn't see a thing, and my hair was
covering my eyes too," he said. "I can run our home course in
my sleep, so I just kept going, and when the rain stopped, I was in third
Captain Steve Allison '01 finished first overall with a time of 25:22.
Forsgren finished third, followed by a sixth-place Pat Vardaro '03, eighth-place
Scott Herrick '04, and tenth-place Ben Peisch '05. Bowdoin's sixth and
seventh finishers, Alex Moore '03 and Clint Huston '02, finished 18th
and 19th, respectively.
Captain Rich Sherman '02, Taylor Washburn '04, Pat Hughes '05, Ryan Gillia
'04, Jason Colombino '02, Kevin Doyle '04, and Peter Durning '05 rounded
out Bowdoin's top fourteen runners.
UM-Farmington, Presque Isle, St. Joseph's, University of New England,
Unity, Maine Maritime, and Machias were the other participating Maine
The latest NCAA DIII poll ranks the Bowdoin Men's Cross-Country Team
eighth in the country. The men's team looks to be even stronger than that
ranking, for Coach Slovenski has not raced several of his top runners
over the past two weeks in order to save them for the end of the season.
"Going in, we knew that we would win the state meet," Allison
said. "But the way we won, sitting top runners and dominating from
start to finish, displays how deep and tough we really are."
The state victory followed a sound beating of the Wesleyan team, which
took place on September 29 at Pickard Field. Barbuto '03 won the race,
picking up the pace significantly in the final miles and ditching the
second place Wesleyan runner.
Conor O'Brien '03 finished third, only seven seconds behind Barbuto.
Peisch and Moore finished fourth and fifth for the Polar Bears. After
the race, Barbuto said that he was pleased with the results. "I'm
happy that I won the race, but am even happier with the solid effort the
team made," he said. "I am especially impressed with the first
years on the team, who easily adjusted to the longer and more pressured-filled
"Scott Barbuto has been running at an all-star level this season,"
Slovenski said. "It was great to see him running so fast and easy
in front of the race."
The Bowdoin men compete today in Open New Englands at Franklin Park in
Boston. Coach Slovenski described the race beforehand, saying that it
is "a great place to test ourselves against Division I scholarship
runners and Division III All-Americans. It's a fast course, and the level
of competition is very high."
"It's our first look at a lot of the teams we'll be competing against
in the championship races: Tufts, Trinity, Williams, and Keene State,"
Sherman added. "I suppose we'll also see if MIT has constructed any
fast new robots."