Men’s Cross Country Takes Third in Season-opening Mountaineer Invitational

Menís Cross Country Takes Third in Season-opening Mountaineer Invitational

BENNINGTON, Vt. – Southern Vermont College hosted the 2017 Mountaineer Invitational Saturday afternoon as the men's cross country team kicked off its regular season on its home campus.

SVC placed three runners in the top 10 to take third overall as a squad. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts took home the team title.

The season opener was just a 5000 meter race, but that didn't prevent the course from challenging the runners with plenty up steep climbs along Mount Anthony. Clear skies and mid-60 degree temperatures—accompanied by a brisk, early-fall breeze—made for great running conditions and ideal weather for those watching.

The Mountaineers are back at it next Saturday, September 9 when they visit inner-state rival Castleton University for the Spartans' annual invitational.

SVC senior Marc Brandmeyer (Bennington, Vt.) ran his final collegiate race on the College campus—placing third overall with a time of 18:13. He was followed by sophomore teammate Davanté Smith (Ellenville, N.Y.) who came in ninth, individually, with an 18:48 mark.

Bennington College freshman C.G. Holden (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was third for the Mountaineers as he posted a 19:26 in his first collegiate race to place 10th overall, and SVC junior Isaiah Backels (Derry, N.H.) was next for the team with a 23:50 showing. Junior Jackson Amankrah (New York City, N.Y.) put up a 25:50 in his first cross country race to round out the team.

Southern Vermont College
3rd – Marc Brandmeyer: 18:13
9th – Davanté Smith: 18:48
10th – C.G. Holden: 19:26
31st – Isaiah Backels: 23:50
37th – Jackson Amankrah: 25:50