GORHAM, Maine-Senior Gary Ezzo raced to a 61st place finish in a field of 284 competitors at the Southern Maine Invitational to pace the Coast Guard men's cross country team to a 12th place finish at the event. Despite that Coast Guard rested five of their top 10 runners the Bears were able to place ahead of seven other teams at the course that will be used in six weeks for the Division III New England Championships.
Ezzo finished the five-mile course in a time of 27:07.51 to pace a group of three runners that finished within five seconds of one another. Following shortly behind were juniors Jonathan Lash (27:09.57) and Joe O'Connell (27:12.92) in 65th and 72nd place, respectively.
Junior Stephen Horvath would be the next runner across the line for the Bears finishing in 104th place with a time of 27:47.23. Freshman Gilliam Hill, in his first five mile race, ran a very respectable 28:08.37 to finish in 127th position followed by senior Matt Monahan in 132nd with a time of 28:15.39.
MIT won the team title with just 37 points as Bates was next closest with 85.
The team will return to action on Saturday, September 28th when they run at the Purple Valley Invitational, hosted by Williams College.