Buck-Led Cougars Finish 5th At NEWMAC Championships

Buck-Led Cougars Finish 5th At NEWMAC Championships

Dorchester, Mass. – Led by the best finish by a Clark male runner at the New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championships in the 16 year history of the event, the Cougars secured the best team finish ever with a fifth place showing at the annual race held at historic Franklin Park on Sunday morning.

Nathan Buck (Portland, Maine) turned in a 16th place finish, just missing out on the program's first-ever all-conference performer but leading the Cougars to an impressive overall team effort.

Buck's time of 26:28.68 was a little more than a second behind Coast Guard's Stephen Horvath who claimed the final all-conference spot with his 14th place finish.

Nevertheless, with Buck leading the way, the Cougars finished fifth – tying the 2005 squad for the best finish in school history.

MIT won its 16th straight championship and senior Roy Wedge won his second individual conference title in his four year career.

Rhys Duquette (Holyoke, Mass.) gave Clark a second top 25 finish when he crossed the line at 26:56, while John Allard (Smithfield, R.I.) was next in 29th place in 27:06.

Robert Gammell (Mattapoisett, Mass.) was next for the Scarlet and White, wrapping up the 8K layout in 27:39 and freshman Samuel Smith (Chicago, Ill.) concluded the Cougar scoring contingent with his 43rd place effort (28:41).

Clark will be back in action next weekend when they take part in the ECAC Championships.

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