Men’s cross country: Tuned up and ready for the conference championships

KINGS PARK, N.Y. -- The Mariners' men's cross country team could not have had a better tune-up for next week's Landmark Conference championships on Saturday.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy finished second at the St. Joseph's Invitational, just getting edged out by the hosts St. Joseph's College, at Sunken Meadow State Park, 45-56.

Farmingdale State took third place (123 points), while Kings Point rival SUNY Maritime (167) finished fourth. The Landmark Championships will be held in Bethlehem, Pa., in a meet hosted by Moravian College next Saturday.

"The men got in a nice tune-up and are now ready to roll next weekend," head cross country coach Greg Lott said. They held back a little today but still ran very well. It's also fun to beat a school rival in SUNY-Maritime.

"This was a pretty relaxed race for us, a chance to just go out and have fun before getting down to business at the Landmark Conference Championships next week.  The course at Sunken Meadow is absolutely brutal but it was in good shape and it was a beautiful day for racing."

The Mariners had three of the top 10 finishers and 11 of the top overall places. A total of 166 men competed in the meet. Freshman David McGowan led the3 way with a sixth place showing in 28:53, followed closely by No. 7 senior Logan Swan (28:58) and freshman Alex Megeff (29:34).

Lott said Swan "ran particularly well over the very hill course."

Photo: Logan Swan finished seventh among men at the St. Joseph's Invitational.