In the men's race, senior Ethan Applegren led a field of 51 for the individual title as the Mighty Oaks posted a perfect score to win the conference title.
The Mighty Oaks captured their fourth straight league title since joining the conference in 2015, compiling perfect scores in capturing three of those titles.
Applegren covered the 8-kilometer course in 30:04 for a 35-second victory over ESF senior James Boyd (30:39). The 2017 individual champion, sophomore Mark McClenahan (31:00), crossed in third place with sophomore Howard Haines (31:20) and Ben Wasserman (31:50) rounding out the scoring five for the Mighty Oaks. The ESF team claimed 14 of the 15 medalist spots and had 18 runners in the top 25.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences junior Colin Sirard (32:27, 9th) cracked the top 10 to lead the Panthers (60 points) to runner-up honors for the sixth straight year. Berkeley College (81 points) matched its highest finish since 2014 in third place while Davis College (110 points) notched its best finish in fourth place. Vaughn College (112 points) roundied out the five scoring teams.
The cross-country team will now prepare for the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national championship Nov. 9 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Recap courtesy of the HVIAC