Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's cross country team enjoyed another successful fall season in 2017 as the team won a pair of invitationals and finished with five total top-ten finishes. The Bantams won the season opening Trinity Invitational as well as The James Earley Invitational at Westfield State, and placed ninth in both the Connecticut College Invitational and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships. The Bantams, coached by George Suitor (26th season), finished the season with a 16th place finish out of 55 teams at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships.
Trinity opened the year with a first-place finish at the Trinity Invitational at Wickham Park thanks to a trio of top-five finishes. The Bantams totaled 256 points to beat second place Coast Guard, and were led by Juniors Joe Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) and Zachary Joachim (Sudbury, Mass.) and first-year Stephen Tyler (Weston, Conn.), who finished second, third, and fourth, respectively. Trinity sophomore Timothy Bogomolov (Lynn, Mass.) added a seventh-place finish and classmate Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) came in ninth place at 17:14 to round out Trinity's top-10 finishers.
The Bantams followed up their strong start to the season with a tenth-place finish at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational, out of 40 competing teams. Ruggiero ran well once again, finishing 25th overall with a time of 26:14 to lead the squad, while Tyler also finished in the top-50 with a 44th-place time of 26:38.
Sophomore Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) made his season debut at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in late September after missing the early part of the season due to injury. McAlister finished 11th with a time of 24:57 while Ruggiero also turned in a top-100 performance as well. McAlister coupled his debut at Lehigh with a second-place finish the following weekend to lead Trinity to the top-spot at the James Earley Invitational in Westfield, Mass. McAlister finished in 25:41 while Ruggiero was seventh at 26:29 and Duros came in ninth at 26:39.62. Bogomolov added a 15th-place time of 26:51.08 while senior co-captain Caleb Wright (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was 41st at 27:56.39, and Tyler finished 46th at 27:56.39.
McAlister continued his stellar fall with another 11th-place finish, this time at the Connecticut College Invitational, to lead the Bantams to a ninth-place team finish. The second-year harrier turned in a tenth-place performance the following weekend at the NESCAC Championships to pace the team to a ninth-place finish as well. McAlister was named to the All-NESCAC team thanks to his performance that helped lead Trinity to ninth in the team standings with 237 points to jump two spots from last year's meet. He also improved 29 places from last year's meet with a time 1:26 faster than his rookie season.
The Bantams capped off the fall season with an impressive day at the NCAA DIII Regional Championships in the beginning of November. Trinity finished 16th out of 55 teams behind McAlister's 57th-place finish while Duros and Ruggiero finished 98th and 99th, respectively, and Bogomolov rounded out the top-100 with a 100th-place finish.
Senior co-captain Kyle Larsson (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) was named to the NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship team for the second consecutive season due to his positive contributions to the program and also was recognized on the NESCAC All-Academic team. Joining him on the All-Academic squad were Duros, Ruggiero, Joachim and sophomore James Sheehy (Winchester, Mass.) thanks to their hard work in the classroom this fall.