MILTON, N.Y. — SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry senior Ethan Applegren led a field of 51 for the individual title as the Mighty Oaks posted a perfect score to capture the 2018 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championship on Sunday afternoon at the Hudson Valley Sportsdome.
The Mighty Oaks capture their fourth straight league title since joining the conference in 2015, compiling perfect scores in three of those titles.
On a slow and muddy course, Applegren covered the 8-kilometer course in 30:04 for a 35-second victory over classmate James Boyd (30:39). 2017 individual champion Mark McClenahan (31:00) crossed in third place with sophomore Howard Haines (31:20) and Ben Wasserman (31:50) rounding out the scoring five for the Mighty Oaks who claimed 14 of the 15 medalist spots and had 18 runners in the top 25.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences junior Colin Sirard (32:27, 9th) cracked the top 10 to lead the Panthers (60 points) to runner-up honors for the sixth straight year. Berkeley College (81 points) matched their highest finish since 2014 in third place while Davis College (110 points) showed their best finish in fourth place and Vaughn College (112 points) rounding out the five scoring teams.
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2018 HVIAC Men's Cross Country Championships
October 28, 2017
at Hudson Valley Sportsdome (Milton, N.Y.)
Champions - SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (15 points)
Runner Up - Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (60 points)
3rd Place - Berkeley College (81 points)
4th Place - Davis College (110 points)
5th Place - Vaughn College (112 points)
Incomplete teams - The King's College, The College of New Rochelle, Culinary Institute