HANOVER, N.H. – Senior captain Conor Higgins (Randolph, N.J./Randolph HS) was the number one finisher for the Bentley University men's cross country team during Saturday's Dartmouth Invitational, a meet that featured two Division I top-30 teams, Dartmouth College and Syracuse University.
Higgins was 46th overall in the 67-runner field, finishing the 8,000-meter Hanover Country Club course in 26:32.71. Also breaking 27 minutes for the Falcons was junior Mac Segura-Cook (Northwood, N.H./Coe Brown Northwood Acad.), with his 26:50.97 good for 50th place.
Syracuse, the number 12 team in Division I, placed six runners in the top ten to best 30th-ranked Dartmouth, 24-34, for team honors. Former NCAA national champion Sam Chelanda, competing unattached, was first to the finish line with a 23:54.33, and Dartmouth's Will Geoghegan followed in 23:57.62.
Bentley finished fifth among the five teams, with the meet also including Brown University and Keene State University.
Next Saturday, Bentley will be at Central Connecticut State University for the Ted Jones Invitational.
At Hanover, N.H.
Team Scores: 1. Syracuse 24, 2. Dartmouth 34, 3. Brown 90, 4. Keene State 108, 5. Bentley 151
Top Individuals: 1. Sam Chelanga, unattached, 23:54.33; 2. Will Geoghehan, Dartmouth, 23:57.62; 3. MJ Erb, Syracuse, 23:59.56; 4. Griff Graves, Syracuse, 24:05.35; 5. John Bleday, Dartmouth, 24:08.83.
Bentley Runners: 46. Conor Higgins 26:32.71; 50. Mac Segura-Cook 26:50.97; 53. Sean Nee 27:14.94; 54. Nik Haas 27:15.51; 57. Cullen McHale 27:34.58; 60. Rupak Mehta 28:17.39; 62. Jack Sullivan 29:10.45; 63. Andrew McCluskey 29:20.44; 67. Ned Furtney 30:31.25.