Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity College men's cross country team, coached by George Suitor (26th season), returns a strong core of experienced veterans who will look to push the Bantams up the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings this fall. The team opens the season tomorrow at their home course of Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut in the annual Trinity Invitational. The Bantams, who did not graduate a single member of last year's roster, bring back a number of runners who ran well last fall, and will look to build on a 2016 season that saw the team earn a trio of top-ten results and place 15th out of 56 teams at the New England Regional Championships in November.
The Bantams boast a speedy senior duo, featuring co-captains Kyle Larsson (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) and Caleb Wright (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who will each look to cap off impressive four-year careers. Larsson has been a top finisher in the middle distances during the winter and spring track seasons, highlighted by earning All-New England honors last winter in the 600-meter run, while Wright has been consistent throughout his career as a starter despite missing the fall of 2014 with an injury.
Juniors Zachary Joachim (Sudbury, Mass.), Trinity's top runner in the 2016 NESCAC Meet, Gabriel Julien (Glastonbury, Conn.), and Joe Ruggiero (Manchester, Conn.) headline a strong junior class that should improve on their consistent performances of a year ago. Sophomores Spencer Brown (Falmouth, Maine) and Timothy Bogomolov (Lynn, Mass.) got off to great starts last fall as first-years, as each earned a spot in the top seven by the end of the season. Sophomore Lucas Duros (Wilmette, Ill.) was another impressive 2016 rookie and looks but has battled an injury in pre-season. First-year Stephen Tyler (Weston, Conn.) could be a contributor in his first season.
Sophomore Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) will look to build on his incredible rookie season that saw him finish 25th, best finish amongst all first-year runners in the field at the NCAA DIII Regional Championships. McAlister was named to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England All-Regional Men's Cross Country Team for his outstanding performance and also earned All-New England honors in the 5,000-meter run during the indoor track season. McAlister will be knocking on the door for an individual qualification for the NCAA Division III National Championships in Illinos.
"Overall, we have lots of veterans and if we progress throughout the season we will make great strides on both teams," said Suitor. "An improved finish in the NESCAC and at the NCAA Division III New England Regionals is our goal."