Men's cross country places ninth in MAC Championships

Peter Castro (Photo by Kelsey Ritner)
Peter Castro (Photo by Kelsey Ritner)

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College men's cross country team competed in, and hosted, the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships on the 8,000-meter course at Utica Park.

How it Happened

  • Chris Burgenson and Grayson Whitesell both ran their fastest times ever with times in Hood's top 50 all-time. Burgenson finished the course in 27:06.3, the fifth-fastest time in school history, for 46th place. Whitesell finished in 28:10.1, the 37th best time in school history, for 75th place.
  • Levi Davis crossed the line in 28:43.6, his personal best, placing 86th. Yoni Weldeberuk finished in 28:59.4 for 93rd place.
  • Frederick Roberts placed 113th and Peter Castro placed 146th. Roberts finished in a personal best of 31:00.8 and Castro finished in 35:58.5.


  • Widener University won the team championship title with 53 points.
  • Patrick Watson of Stevenson was the individual champion, completing the race in 24:51.4.
  • Hood finished with 321 points, placing ninth. It was the best finish for the men since 2012. 


  • "Wow, today was a fantastic showing on so many levels. It was great to showcase our great course at Utica Park which provided an outstanding venue for championship cross country racing. The weather was also perfect, and we got to see some fast times across the board," said head coach Chris Benassi. "Our men and women went out there competed from wire to wire, moving way up in the conference. Last year, our men's and women's teams finished 11th and 13th, respectively, and for them to move up to ninth and 10th was a breakthrough team performance. In this sport, it's tough to put your best days together on the same day, but we ran for each other and it showed on the course. Our seniors in Chris and Lauren Fancella really ran tough races, and to have such a young team, makes this all the more special. With conference now out of the way, it will be really fun to head to the regional championship and find out how many teams we can beat in two weeks."

Up Next

The Blazers will compete at the NCAA Mid-East Regional at Lehigh University on November 16.