POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was the first runner across the line for The University of Scranton men's cross country team as the Royals finished fifth at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College on Saturday morning.
Bartlett finished 45th by covering the 6,000-meter course in 20:37.2, a career-best for that distance. He helped the Royals amass 174 points to finish fifth in the 10-team event. RPI took the team title with just 25 points, easily outdistancing second-place Vassar, which had 57 points.
Freshman Zachary Mead (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) was Scranton's second finisher, placing 54th in 20:48.2. Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) finished 60th in 20:54.0, a new personal best for 6,000 meters.
Senior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) was 73rd in 21:52.2, and sophomore Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) rounded out the team's top five in 76th with a time of 21:32.3, also a personal best at 6,000 meters.
The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Cougar Classic at Misericordia at 10:30 a.m. in Dallas, Pa.