NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Junior Wesley Dinnan (Juneau, Alaska) and senior Brent Powers (Remsen, N.Y.) finished second and third, respectively, to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s cross country team to a first-place finish at the Central Connecticut State University Ted Owen Invite on Saturday afternoon at Stanley Quarter Park.

The Wildcats’ 28 points placed them ahead of Boston University (40), CCSU (93), Bryant University (135), Fairfield University (136), Siena College (161), the University of New Haven (177) and the University of Hartford (183).

Dinnan completed the five-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 45 seconds, just six seconds behind the winner. Powers came across the line one second later at 25:46.

Four more runners finished inside the top 10 for UNH, including senior Marc Ouellette (Hopkinton, N.H.), who finished sixth, and senior Matt O’Connor (Rhinebeck, N.Y.), junior Josh Kearns (Ridgefield, Conn.) and senior Ben Jenkins (Francestown, N.H.), who placed eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively. Ouellette finished in a time of 25:53, O’Connor at 25:58, Kearns at 26:07 and Jenkins at 26:13.

Junior Wesley Moseman (Remsen, N.Y.) and freshmen Dan Decrescenzo (New Milford, Conn.) and Andrew Dionne (Westerly, R.I.) placed 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively for the ‘Cats. Moseman raced to the finish in 26:38, while Decrescenzo finished in 26:46 and Dionnne at 26:52.

Freshman Alex Beauleau (Merrimack, N.H.) and senior Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) were the final two Wildcats to finish inside the top 20. Beauleau was 16th in a time of 27:06, while McGuffin crossed the finish line in 18th place at 27:11.

The Wildcats return to action Friday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. when they travel north to take on the University of Maine.


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