Boston, Mass. - October 29, 2017 - Senior Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) finished sixth overall with a time of 26:03 to lead the Springfield College men's cross country team, which took fifth overall at the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, hosted at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass. on Sunday afternoon.
MIT took first overall with a total of 18 points, as the Engineers were followed by WPI in second, Coast Guard in third, Babson in fourth and Springfield College in fifth. The Pride were able to defeat Wheaton, which took sixth, Clark which took seventh and Emerson which rounded out the field of eight teams.
Pinho put together a gritty performance on the 8k course, as he passed three runners in the final stretch of the race to take sixth overall with his time of 26:03, earning NEWMAC All-Conference recognition at meet's end. Pinho became the fifth student-athlete since 2012 to earn NEWMAC All-Conference recognition, as the Pride has had a runner finish in the top-14 for three-consecutive seasons.
Following Pinho was junior Zack Guptill (New Milford, Conn.), who remained strong throughout the entire race, finishing with a time of 27:11, while freshman Ryan Vermette (Nashua, N.H.) was the Pride's third finisher of the day, clocking in at 27:28. Rounding out Springfield College's top five was Tyler Cronin (Melrose, Mass.), who notched a time of 28:06, and Chris Tringali (Millville, Mass.), who finished in 28:35.
Springfield College will now spend the next two weeks preparing for the NCAA Division III Regional Championships, which will be hosted at Gorham Country Club, just outside of Portland, Maine on November 11.