STANDISH, Maine – With its top five runners finishing within two minutes of each other, the Regis College men's cross country team produced a fourth-place result at the Runnin' Monks Invitational, hosted by Saint Joseph's College Saturday at the SJC Cross Country Course, the same one to be used in the upcoming GNAC Championships.
Jovan Sematimba (Burlington, Mass.) once again finished first among Regis runners, crossing the finish line in 13th place with a time of 29:53.7 over the eight-kilometer course. Two of his teammates quickly followed, as Kyle Gillen-Hughes (Reading, Mass.) finished in 15th place in 30:04.7, just ahead of Sean Toomey (Salem, N.H.) in 16th place in 30:10.7.
Shane Romanchick (Trumbull, Conn.) was not too far behind, ending up in 21st place with a time of 31:31.2. JJ Pedersen (Milford, Conn.) was Regis's fifth scoring runner, crossing the finish line in 27th place with a mark of 31:50.2. Matt Sowden (Scituate, R.I.) was 55th in the event with a time of 36:21.0.
As a team, the Pride finished in fourth place with 90 points, ahead of five teams including conference rival Rivier. Led by individual race winner Peter Bakker (27:52.4), Colby-Sawyer took the team title with ease over fellow conference members Emmanuel and Saint Joseph's College.
Regis will head to Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., for the Suffolk Invitational Friday, Oct. 12, starting at 4 p.m.