Bowdoin Beats Division I Programs, Finishes 23rd at Open New England's

Olivia MacKenzie was Bowdoin's top finisher Sunday at Westfield State
Olivia MacKenzie was Bowdoin's top finisher Sunday at Westfield State

WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's cross country team earned its highest finish at the Open New England Championship in over a half-century by placing sixth at the All-Division meet on Sunday at Westfield State.

The Polar Bear men were sixth of 37 teams, their highest showing since the 1940's while junior Coby Horowitz took sixth individually to earn the best showing by a Polar Bear since 1981. The women's team finished 23rd of 37 teams in the competition.

Horowitz was the top Division III finisher, covering the 8K track in 24:34.43 to earn All-New England recognition. It is the top showing for a Polar Bear since Doug Ingersoll in 1981. Sam Seekins also claimed All-New England honors with a 19th-place finish in 24:57.51. Nicolas Saba took 46th (25:21.63), Greg Talpey grabbed 70th (25:36.24), James Boeding placed 90th (25:52.07) and Kevin Hoose finished 91st (25:52.39) to round out the top Polar Bear finishers. The men's team was second-best among Division III schools at the meet, defeating dozens of Division I and II programs.

On the women's side, Bowdoin also beat several Division I programs as the team averaged 19:05 over the 5K course. Olivia MacKenzie was the top finisher in 18:43.03 to take 82nd place. Madelena Rizzo was 98th in 18:55.89, Brianna Malanga was 100th in 18:56.57, Lucy Skinner took 128th in 19:16.85 and Maggie Bryan finished 136th in 19:21.10 to close out the scorers for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin will look to continue its momentum next Saturday when they compete at the Maine State Meet hosted by Southern Maine.