New Britain, Conn. (October 28, 2017)—Nicolas Fransham and Isaac Kole earned All-Northeast Conference honors to lead the Mount St. Mary's men's and women's cross country teams at the 2017 NEC Championships hosted by Central Connecticut at Stanley Quarter Park on Saturday. The Mountaineer men's team finished in fourth place while the women finished in seventh.
Fransham finished eighth overall with a time of 26:27.1 for the eight-kilometer course. It is the second consecutive season that Fransham has earned All-NEC honors, becoming the first Mountaineer since Dylan Bernard (2008-11) to earn All-NEC honors in back-to-back seasons.
Isaac Kole finished 14th overall with a time of 26:50.0 to earn All-NEC accolades in his rookie season. He was the second-fastest freshman finisher in the race. It is the first time the Mount has had two All-NEC performers in the same season since Tommy Gruschow and Chris Swisko in 2012.
The remainder of the Mount's top five finishers included Chris Evans finishing 20th overall with a time of 27:09.5, Benjamin Finnigan placing 26th with a mark of 27:32.4 and Mitchel Wileczek finishing 38th with a time of 28:20.3.
Central Connecticut finished first at the meet with 33 points, followed by Sacred Heart (53), Saint Francis U (59), the Mount (103), Bryant (142), Wagner (142), Fairleigh Dickinson (209) and St. Francis Brooklyn (220).
Ashleigh Kocher was the Mount's top finisher for the women's team, traversing the five-kilometer course in a time of 19:45.1. The rest of the Mount's top five included Clarke Hooper (41st, 19:56.5), Maddie Kole (43rd, 20:00.6), Adria Pirozzi (45th, 20:02.5) and Alexandra Kay (56th, 20:38.5).
Sacred Heart captured first place in the women's meet with 24 points, followed by Central Connecticut (43), Saint Francis U (69), Bryant (110), Fairleigh Dickinson (164), Robert Morris (196), the Mount (197), LIU Brooklyn (203), Wagner (205) and St. Francis Brooklyn (259).