MANSFIELD, Mass. – The Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country team has been predicted to finish third overall at Sunday's Northeast-10 Conference Cross Country Championships. The Penmen amassed 154 points by a vote of the NE10 men's cross country coaches, and the results of the polling were announced Thursday.
Three-time runner-up Stonehill College received 10 first-place votes and totaled 191 points to top the poll, while three-time defending champion, American International College, was second with 184 points and the remaining five first-place tallies. Adelphi University checked in just behind the Penmen with 151 points in fourth, and Southern Connecticut State University rounded out the top-five with 133 total points.
Southern New Hampshire returns six student-athletes from a team tied for fifth at the conclusion of the 2016 NE10 Cross Country Championships. Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) was Second Team All-NE10 a season ago after checking in at No. 12 overall, and has been the top Penmen finisher at every meet through the team's first four outings. McLaren has four top-five finishes, including a pair of individual victories at the Vermont Tech Invitational on September 9 and the Bruce Kirsch Cup on September 16. McLaren finished second overall in SNHU's most recent outing at the New England Championships on October 7.
The Penmen, who are third in the most recent United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) Division II East Region Poll, compete in the 2017 NE10 Cross Country Championships at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts on Sunday (October 22) at noon.
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