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Men's Cross Country: Fast Times at UMass Dartmouth

By Ryan Franklin

 In its second meet of the year, Eastern entered UMass Dartmouth, the site of the Little East Conference championships, with high hopes, knowing its reputation as a flat course and fast times.

Three Eastern runners finished the 8 kilometer course in under 28 minutes, with Eastern's most versatile runner, junior Tim Callahan of Portland, leading the way in 27:33, finishing 107th out of 255 total runners in the varsity race. Shortly after Callahan came standout freshmen Dave Klein (New Milford) in 27:53, good for 129th place, and Kyle Shaw (Lebanon) in 27:56 for 133rd place. Less than a minute later, junior Ryan Franklin (Glastonbury) avenged a poor first race at Fitchburg and ran his first 8k under 29 minutes, finishing in 28:53 for 166th place. Rounding out Eastern's top seven  were senior Bryan Jorge (Bristol) in 29:22 for 177th place, senior Ryan Hughes (Cheshire) in 30:11 for 205th place, and talented senior mid-distance specialist Casey McGarvey (Bozrah) in 33:08 for 235th place.

We will be competing at the Codfish Bowl in Boston this Saturday, where we finished 16th last year in a field of 25 team. 

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