Although the weather conditions did not overwhelm the runners, the Crimson definitely felt an effect from the wind.
“Times were generally a little bit slower,” junior captain Reed Bienvenu (31:22) said. “But everyone’s times moved back.”
Sophomore Timothy Galebach led the men with a personal record of 30:48.
Now, many of the runners will begin to change their focus to the upcoming track and field season.
Two weeks after a disappointing team finish at Heptagonals, the Crimson, propelled by Galebach’s improvement, recorded a top-10 finish. After running 4:58.6 per mile over an eight-kilometer course to earn second place at Heps, junior Alasdair McLean-Foreman (30:37) followed up this week by averaging five minute miles and placing 11th, just a spot away from qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Both McLean-Foreman and Galebach earned Second-Team All-Region honors for their efforts.
“Personally, I was disappointed to not finish in the top 10 and qualify for NCAAs,” McLean-Foreman said. “The race started out well for me but over 10k—as opposed to the 8K at Heps—I struggled during the later stages.”
A few of McLean-Foreman’s Ivy competitors whom he beat two weeks ago finished ahead of him at this week’s meet.
Brown’s Jeff Gaudette (30:10) and Yale’s Lucas Meyer (30:20) finished fourth and sixth, respectively.
Nevertheless, McLean-Foreman’s main focus is the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races, so he will be seeking revenge during the track season.
“It’s definitely something that I will be using to motivate myself when I come to race some of those guys over the shorter distances on the track,” McLean-Foreman said.
In the absence of a dominating performance by McLean-Foreman, Galebach stepped up by running a personal record and finishing 15th.
“Tim was injured at the beginning of the season, and it has taken him a couple of extra weeks to get in shape,” Bienvenu said. “Now he’s finally peaking. He really surprised himself.”
In fact, that was exactly the word Galebach used.