Sumrall places eighth, leads men's cross country to eighth at NCAA Regionals

Allen Sumrall is headed to the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships after leading Bates to eighth place among 55 teams at NCAA Regionals on Nov. 14, 2015. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

WATERFORD, Conn. -- Senior captain Allen Sumrall easily qualified for next weekend's NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, leading Bates to eighth place among 55 teams at NCAA New England Regionals on Saturday at Harkness State Park.

The Bobcats, ranked seventh in New England entering the weekend, scored 228 points, well ahead of ninth-place Connecticut College (273) and 23 behind seventh-place Colby (205). Williams won the meet with 67, a point ahead of Amherst.

In only his second cross country season, Sumrall (Albuquerque, N.M.) repeated as All-New England (top 35 individuals), covering the 8-kilometer course in 24:57.7, a 5:01.03 pace, less than a hundredth of a second ahead of Wesleyan senior Taylor Titcomb. Seventh-place Amherst senior Dan Crowley was only a second ahead of Sumrall. Amherst sophomore Mohamed Hussein won in 24:39.8. Sumrall moved up 26 places from last year's 34th-place showing.

All of Bates' seven runners finished among the top 93 out of 380 individuals in the race, with all five of Bates' scorers among the top 59. 

Senior Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.) was second on the team, placing 50th overall in 25:52.7. Junior Evan Ferguson-Hull (West Hartford, Conn.) was 55th (25:55.6), followed in 56th by junior Michael Horowicz (Montclair, N.J.), at 25:56.0, while sophomore Matt Morris (Bethesda, Md.) was only 1.8 seconds behind in 25:57.8, for 59th place. Junior Joe Doyle (Glastonbury, Conn.) came in 76th (26:07.2) and sophomore Ben Tonelli (Seattle, Wash.) was 93rd (26:25.0).

Sumrall will receive an an individual invitation to run at NCAAs, taking place in Winneconne, Wis., next Saturday, Nov. 21, hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The race starts at noon at Lake Breeze Golf Course.