(Monday, Nov. 14, 2005)
Placing second in a field of 43 teams with senior Owen Kiely leading the way
as individual champion, the Wesleyan men's cross country team earned its first
ever bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The top three teams at
the New England meet earned a spot at Nationals.
Kiely became the second Wesleyan male to win a
regional title as Joe Mahoney '94 was the 1992 and 1993 New England Division
III champion. Kiely finished ahead of Williams' Neal Holtschulte, who
was national runner-up in 2004. Kiely's margin of victory was 8.6
seconds. Also earning all-New England Division III honors for Wesleyan
were grad student Weston Fuhrman, who placed 11th ; junior Jon King, who
finished 15th ; and junior Mike Brady, who came in 32nd. In all, 303
runners competed in the event at Veterans Golf Course in Springfield, Mass.,
Saturday, Nov. 12.
On the women's side, junior Ellen Davis was one
of seven individuals to receive a bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
The top five teams earned spots at Nationals while the top seven runners not
on those five teams also go to the NCAAs. Davis was the fourth of those
seven runners as she placed seventh of 281 competitors. She will make
her second trip to Nationals as she was part of the Wesleyan women's team that
qualified a year ago by placing fifth in the region. At the 2004 NCAAs,
Davis placed 54th of 215 entrants.
The 2005 NCAA Division III Championship is being hosted
by Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Nov. 19. The men's race covers
8,000 meters while the women's event is 6,000 meters.
FOLLOW-UP: The men finished 14th of 24 teams at the NCAA meet led by
Owen Kiely, who finished 12th of 211 runners. As a result, Kiely received
All-America honors. Wesleyan's second finisher was Weston Fuhrman in 37th
place. In the women's race, Ellen Davis placed 15th of 213 entrants to
become an All-American.