Royals Finish Tied For 15th At Purple Valley Classic

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—The University of Scranton took part in another highly competitive meet, this time at the Purple Valley Classic Saturday afternoon hosted by Williams College.

The Royals finished tied for 15th in the 18-team field that included two teams ranked in the top 15 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).  Keene State (N.H.), ranked 11th by the USTFCCA, tied M.I.T. for the team title with 90 points apiece.  Tufts University and Fordham University tied for third with 106, followed by Middlebury (137), Boston College (145), fourth-ranked Williams (158), Johns Hopkins (187), Amherst (238), and Connecticut College (252).

For the second straight meet, junior Jason Bohenek (Jessup, Pa./Holy Cross-Bishop O'Hara) was Scranton's top finisher, placing 83rd in a time of 28:15 over an 8000-meter course.  Two freshmen were next—Stefan Bossbaly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Holy Ghost Preparatory) and Walter Cantwell (Collingswood, N.J./Camden Catholic)—in 29:04 (121st) and 29:37 (147th), respectively, while sophomore Matt Willcox (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Preparatory) and junior Patrick Casterline (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater Raritan) rounded out the Royals's top five in 154th (29:55) and 158th (30:03).

Junior Michael Schmidt of Middlebury averaged 5:14 a mile to win the individual title comfortably in a time of 26:00.  Senior William Yochum of Amherst was second in 26:19.