November 11, 2007

Brown Men's Cross Country Places Fourth at NCAA Northeast Regional Meet

The men's cross country team took fourth at the NCAA New England Regionals on Saturday, climbing two spots from last year and besting every conference school in attendance.

The men scored 188 points to fall in behind perennial powerhouses No. 4 Iona (first, 37) and No. 18 Providence (second, 46). Syracuse, who also received votes in the most recent national poll, grabbed the third spot in the competitive region with a tally of 132. It was the highest finish for the men at the NCAA Regional meet since they took fourth in 2004.

While the men finished sixth at the conference meet two weeks ago, they rebounded to mix it up with some of the toughest squads in the nation on the 10-kilometer course at Franklin Park in Boston.

The Bears were led by senior Ari Zamir(Ridgewood, NJ), who, in his final cross country race in a Brown jersey, paced the team with his 20th place finish (30:27). Sophomore, and second-team All-Ivy member, Christian Escareno (Mount Prospect, IL) was hot on Zamir's heels in 24th (30:31), to give the Bears a strong 1-2 punch. The duo will be named All-Region for the top-25 finish.

This was the first All-Region finish for Zamir, who also led the team to last year's sixth-place Regional finish with a showing of 27th. The effort was the fifth-best from an Ivy League finisher. Escareno improved by 42 spots from last year's championships.

In a tight race, Brown came out on top of Ivy foes Cornell (fifth, 193), Dartmouth (sixth, 197), Harvard (seventh, 201), Yale (t-eighth, 268) and Columbia (tenth, 275). Princeton and Penn compete in the MidAtlantic Region.

Also posting improvements from two weeks ago to score for the team were senior Ryan Graddy (Del Mar, CA) (39th, 30:58) and junior Brian Schmidt (West Hempstead, NY) (43rd, 31:06). Junior Steve Chaloner (Merrimack, NH)was only twenty seconds back, serving as the final scorer for the harriers, coming across the line in 64th (31:26).

Completing the Regional roster were senior Ozzie Myers (Chittenango, NY)73rd, 31:34) and sophomore Duriel Hardy (Wester Chester, PA) (115th 32:18). It was also the final race in Graddy's and Myers' cross country careers.

The men will now prepare for the indoor season, which opens Dec. 1 at home at the Alden Invitational.

Team Scores:
1. Iona - 37
2. Providence - 46
3. Syracuse - 132
4. BROWN - 188
5. Cornell - 193
6. Dartmouth - 197
7. Harvard - 201
8. Stony Brook - 268
8. Yale - 268
10. Columbia - 275