WENHAM, Mass. – The University of New England earned its first-ever Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Cross Country Championship on Saturday (Oct. 27) at Gordon College. The Nor'easters finished with a team score of 31 to claim the title led by four All-Conference performers.
Leading the way for UNE was rookie runner Jacob Hickey (Winthrop, Maine) who paced the field with an 8-kilometer time of 25:33.3. Hickey was recognized as the Runner of the Year for winning the race and the Rookie of the Year for being the first rookie runner to cross the finish line.
Right behind Hickey was his teammate Ben Wright (Wells, Maine) who clocked in with at time of 26:37.0. The Nor'easters other All-CCC performers were last year's Rookie of the Year Donovan Duffy (North Waterboro, Maine) and first-year Anthony Chase (Gorham, Maine) who finished in fifth and seventh, respectively. Senior Caleb Pulliam (Chelmsford, Mass.) was UNE's fifth scorer.
Roger Williams took second place in this year's race, with four All-Conference runners and a team score of 72. Sophomore Matt Woznyk (Durham, Conn.) finished eighth in this year's race with a time of 27:33.6 to lead the Hawks. Connor Hayden (Cumberland, R.I.) finished close behind in 10th, while Tyler Marchioni (Franklin, Mass.) and Jake Rocheleau (West Harford, Conn.) finished 13th and 14th, respectively.
Wentworth was the third place team in this year's championship race after claiming the title the previous two years. The Leopards scored 81 points, including All-Conference performances from Josh Gangemi (Norton, Mass.) who placed fourth, Tom Caruso (Mahopac, N.Y.) who placed 11th, and Tyler Cosma (Center Moriches, N.Y.) who finished 15th.
Three All-Conference runners helped Nichols to a fourth place finish as a team. Pacing the Bison was Joseph Santese (Danielson, Conn.) who was also voted the Senior Scholar-Athlete. Santese covered the course in 27:06.8 and took home the bronze medal. His teammates Christopher Kimball (Pepperell, Mass.) and Kevin Radavich (East Hampton, Conn.) finished ninth and 12th, respectively.
Endicott had the only other All-Conference winner with Joshua Knight (Oxted, England) placing sixth. The Gulls took fifth in the team competition.
Gordon, which won the Team Sportsmanship award, finished sixth followed by Salve Regina and Western New England.
Nor'easters head coach Ron Ouellette was selected as the Coach of the Year, his second selection the men's side and first since 2011.
1. University of New England – 31
2. Roger Williams – 72
3. Wentworth – 81
4. Nichols – 86
5. Endicott – 108
6. Gordon – 155
7. Salve Regina – 170
8. Western New England – 171
INDIVIDUAL FINISHES (ALL-CONFERENCE)
1. Jacob Hickey, University of New England - 25:33.3
2. Ben Wright, University of New England - 26:37.0
3. Joseph Santese, Nichols - 27:06.8
4. Josh Gangemi, Wentworth - 27:16.8
5. Donovan Duffy, University of New England - 27:32.6
6. Joshua Knight, Endicott - 27:33.0
7. Anthony Chase, University of New England - 27:33.6
8. Matt Woznyk, Roger Williams - 27:37.2
9. Christopher Kimball, Nichols - 27:39.5
10. Connor Hayden, Roger Williams - 27:39.5
11. Tom Caruso, Wentworth - 27:50.3
12. Kevin Radavich, Nichols - 27:50.8
13. Tyler Marchioni, Roger Williams - 27:54.5
14. Jake Rocheleau, Roger Williams - 28:03.5
15. Tyler Cosma, Wentworth - 28:17.0
Runner/Rookie of the Year – Jacob Hickey, University of New England
Senior Scholar-Athlete – Joseph Santese, Nichols
Coach of the Year – Ron Ouellette, University of New England
Team Sportsmanship – Gordon
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.