GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior Ben Taber (Durham, Conn./Coginchaug Regional) finished seventh among 103 runners to lead the Gettysburg College men’s cross country team at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships on Saturday at Haverford College.
The Bullets finished with a team score of 132 and placed sixth among nine teams. Two of the schools that finished in front of Gettysburg were nationally-ranked, including No. 15 Haverford, which scored a meet-low 34 points to win its third-straight CC title. No. 30 Johns Hopkins University took a close second with 43 points while Dickinson College, which received votes in the latest national poll, was third with a score of 107.
Led by race winner Jaryd Flank (24:53), Muhlenberg College placed fourth with 121 points and was followed by Swarthmore College (151), Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall College (179), Ursinus College (199), and McDaniel College (202).
Taber continued his outstanding season, cruising the 8,000-meter course in 25:20 while placing among the top-10 for the seventh time in as many races this year. His top-seven finish earned him a spot on the All-Centennial Conference First Team for the second year in a row after placing sixth a year ago. Taber becomes just the fifth Bullet to earn multiple All-Centennial Conference honors in men’s cross country and the first since Jonathan Catlett ’01 captured second-team honors in 2000 and 1998. He is also just the third Bullet to earn First Team All-CC honors more than once and the first since Kris Weum ’98 in 1997 and 1995.
Gettysburg’s second and third finishers were freshman Jonathan Gronke (Morris Plains, N.J./Morristown) and sophomore Mike Miller (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), who were each making their Centennial Conference Championship debuts. Gronke took 44th in 27:17 while Miller came in 44th in 27:17.
Completing the team score for the Bullets were sophomore Matt Robinson (Taneytown, Md./Pinkerton Academy [N.H.]), who placed 53rd in 27:49, and senior Nate Wojick (Milford, N.J./Delaware Valley), who was 72nd in 28:35. Robinson finished 17 places higher than he did at last year’s conference meet.
Also finishing as displacers for Gettysburg were freshman Aren Heitmann (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe), who came in 73rd in 28:36, and sophomore Alex Petrecca (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde), who took 77th in 29:02.
\The Bullets take a week off before running at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional on Nov. 12 at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.