I'll be updating this page throughout the afternoon as official results come in.
UB's cross country teams closed out their season this afternoon at Franklin Park in Boston at the Northeast Regionals, an opportunity for teams and individuals to advance to the national championship meet. Each group of Bulls had spent time this season in the regional rankings, and while the women held up that ranking, finishing 15th, the men suffered yet another injury and fell to 18th.
Results are now finalized, and after sitting 16th at the halfway point, the group moved up to 15th over the final three kilometers, improving on last year's 19th-place finish and their best result since also finishing 15th in 2012. UB also finished 15th in 2006, and 9th in 2004.
Compared to 2014, this is mixed results for the women. Last season the whole seven were in by 23:14, and the five scorers by 22:41*, but Amy Shaw was faster today than UB's lead runner last season, and UB's 494 points are a significant improvement over 600 last season.
*admittedly, on a different course
Barrett Kemp had a very strong race for UB, flirting with a top 25 finish and All-Region honors, but UB was undone on a team perspective by an apparent injury to Cam Bruce, who was running in the mid-80s through the halfway point but didn't finish.
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The Bulls finished 18th, with 542 points, but had Bruce held his midrace spot, Buffalo would have jumped
all the way to 13th, perhaps edging past Canisius for 12th just a spot or two, ahead of Boston College (I blame unofficial results). As it stands, Derek Palafox, Justin Van Epps, Jack Jibb, and Austin Coneys ran well in a tight group to salvage a low point total for UB, and Adam Hunt was right there, as well.