November 17, 2012

Horowitz and Seekins All-Americans as Bowdoin Places 16th at NCAA Championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Bowdoin College men's cross country team finished 16th at the NCAA Division III Championship race on Saturday hosted by Rose Hulman Institute in Indiana.

Sparking the Polar Bears were juniors Coby Horowitz and Sam Seekins, both of whom earned All-American honors in the race. Horowitz finished the 8K course in ninth place overall in a time of 24:45.2, just 19 seconds off the winning pace. His ninth-place showing was the best-ever for a Polar Bear in the NCAA Championships, besting the previous top showing of 11th set by James Johnson in 1995. Seekins finished in 17th place in a time of 24:51.2 to earn his first All-American nod.

Horowitz and Seekins are the first pair of Polar Bears to earn All-American status in the same NCAA Championship meet since Steve Allison '02 and Todd Forsgren '03 did it in 2001. Only one other team had two runners finish in the top-20 while New England proved to be the strongest region overall with five programs in the top 16.

Nicholas Saba battled through illness to finish in 154th place (26:04.0) while Kevin Hoose took 171st (26:11.4). Gregory Talpey finished in 179th (26:14.8) to round out the top five Bowdoin scorers. James Boeding (177th, 26:44.2) and Marcus Schneider (269th, 27:51.4) also competed for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin's total of 390 points placed them right in the middle of the 32-team field. North Central won the Division III Championship with a score of 167, taking four of the top 36 scoring finishers.

"Coby and Sam had terrific performances," commented head coach Peter Slovenski. "The race went out very fast, and the course was challenging. They both kept their poise, and came through with clutch races."

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