New Gloucester, Maine - The Trinity College men's cross country team, led by Head Coach George Suitor (27th season), heads north to Bates College for Saturday's 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Cross Country Championship at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. The Bantams, who finished 11th at last year's championship, will look to continue their momentum from a 2017 season that has seen them take first at two different invitationals and record top-ten finishes at another two races.
Junior Joe Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) and sophomore Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) have led Trinity so far this fall. Ruggiero paced the Bantams during the first two races of the season, including as runner-up at Trinity's own invitational to start the year. McAlister recovered from an injury to lead the Bantams over the last three races, including a runner-up performance at the James Earley Invitational. McAlister finished 11th at the Connecticut College Invitational two weeks ago where the Bantams turned in a ninth-place finish. Trinity sophomores Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) and Timothy Bogomolov (Lynn, Mass.) crossed the finish line .01 second apart in 51st and 52nd place, respectively, 1:02 after McAlister, and have also been consistent on the path this fall for the Bantams. Senior co-captain Caleb Wright (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and rookie Stephen Tyler (Weston, Conn.) have also had solid 2017 campaigns for Trinity as well.
The 35th edition of the annual meet begins with the men's 8-kilometer race at noon, followed by the women's 6-kilometer race at 1 p.m.