Men's Cross Country Earns Third Place at Centennial Championship Meet; Phillips Finishes 10th
NEWVILLE, Pa. - Members of the Swarthmore College men's cross country team battled through wind, snow, and cold to earn third place at the Centennial Conference Championship Meet hosted by Dickinson College at Big Spring High School on Saturday morning.
Leading the way for the Garnet was junior Jacob Phillips, who finished 10th overall with a time of 27:34.9. Phillips' finish is Swarthmore's best individual finish since Lang Reynolds won the race in 2003.
In addition, the team's third place finish is its best finish since 2004 and ties the Garnet's best team finish in Centennial history; the men's cross country team has finished in third place five different times since 1993.
Behind Phillips, junior Aidan DuMont-McCaffrey was the next Garnet runner to cross the line (20th/28:13.3), followed by sophomore Robert Fain (31st/28:44.8). Rounding out the scoring runners for Swarthmore were junior John McMinn (35th/28:55.7) and freshman Jonas Oppenheimer (43rd/29:21.7).
The men's team, with 110 points total, finished only behind defending national champion Haverford (19 points) and Dickinson (46 points), but beat our rival Johns Hopkins by four points (114). Hopkins was ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the latest USTFCCA rankings.