Atkinson, Gallant Lead Bears at Conn. Invitational

Colton Atkinson
Colton Atkinson

WATERFORD, Conn. – Senior Colton Atkinson and junior Andre Gallant were the top Coast Guard finishers as the Bears placed 11th of 27 teams at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Park.

Atkinson (25:53/38th place) and Gallant (25:55/42nd place) joined the very exclusive sub 26 minute mark at the Academy with personal bests. They become the 23rd and 24th Coast Guard runner to post a time under 26 minutes.

The race featured most of the New England Top 10 as well as regionally or nationally ranked teams from outside of New England.

Coast Guard had 16 of its 18 runners post a personal best.

"Colton and Andre broke through a major milestone to join the elite Sub-26:00 8k club today," said interim head coach Greg Ahnrud. "Nearly every runner on the team ran the fastest race of their cross country careers, and headed into our conference and regional Championships we've nearly caught up with the elite programs in New England."