MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY CLIMBS REGIONAL POLL
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Monday that the University of New Hampshire men’s cross country team has moved up to eighth in the NCAA Division I cross country northeast regional rankings.
   
After splitting their first meet of the year, the Wildcats have reeled off three first-place finishes in a row, including last weekend’s nine-team meet win.
   
The ‘Cats beat out eight other teams at the 16th annual Murray Keatinge Invitational at the University of Maine on Sept. 29. Senior Robert Edgerton (Cornish, N.H.) sped to a second-place finish in a time of 25 minutes, 6.60 seconds, just nine seconds off the pace of the top finisher to lead UNH to victory. The performance earned him America East Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week honors for the week ending Oct. 1.
   
The Wildcats won in Orono the week before when they beat Maine on Sept. 21. Sophomore harrier Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) raced to a first-place finish in a time of 25:28.
   
On Sept. 7 at the Stony Brook Cross Country Invitational, the Wildcats placed five runners in the top 10 to beat out four other teams and grab their first dual-meet win of the year. Sophomore Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) finished in fifth place to lead the way for the ‘Cats in a time of 18:07.68.

UNH split its season-opening meet with Boston College and Providence College on Sept. 1, scoring 42 points to beat the Eagles (66), but not enough to top the Friars (23). Edgerton finished in third place with a time of 26:28.00, while senior Jordan Horwitz (Evanston, Ill.) placed fourth with a time of 26:34.00.

The Wildcats return to action Oct. 6 at the New England Championships in Boston.
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