Cross Country 'Cats Finish Third at MEC Championships

Cross Country 'Cats Finish Third at MEC Championships

BRIDGEPORT – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's cross country team raced to a third-place finish in Saturday's Mountain East Conference championships at the Bridgeport Recreational Complex.

The Bobcats amassed 54 points in the nine-team race.

Concord won the team title with 32 points while the University of Charleston took runner-up honors with 47 points.

Behind Wesleyan rounding out the top five were Wheeling Jesuit in fourth with 89 points while West Liberty was fifth with 164 points.

The top 10 earn first team All-MEC honors, while athletes finishing 11th-20th are second team all-conference honorees.

Senior Matt Dearth (pictured) led the Bobcat squad with a fourth-place finish, navigating the hilly 8000-meter layout in 27:04. He became the seventh runner in the history of the program to earn First Team All-Conference honors all four years.

Dearth was complemented by teammate Collin Wallace, who placed ninth in 28:02.

With his top-10 finish, it was Wallace's second consecutive time of earning First-Team MEC honors.

Making Second Team All-Conference were the trio of Sean Snyder (12th, 28:41), Eric Wooten (13th, 28:43), and Ian Frailey (16th, 29:02).

"I am really proud of the effort the guys put forth today," head coach Jesse Skiles said. "It was a very deep field and with several solid teams. It was some fun racing to watch and our guys raced with a tremendous amount of heart."

Concord's Justin Snyder won the race with a time of 26:15. Snyder was named the MEC Runner of the Year for his efforts for Saturday and the enitre fall season. Teammate Jason Weitzel was second finishing with a time of 26:33

Concord's head coach Mike Cox was selected as the league's Coach of the Year as he directed the Mountain Lions to a third-straight title.

Freshman of the Year honors went to Charleston's David Cecchi who finsihed sixth.

The Bobcats will be back in action Nov. 5 in the Atlantic Region Championships at Lock Haven, Pa.