CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Ursinus College men's cross country team saved its best performance of the season for last, placing three of its runners in the top 100 and establishing a new program record by finishing 19th at the NCAA Mideast Regional hosted by DeSales.
Junior James McDaid headed the pack with a 48th-place individual showing for the Bears, who handled cold and windy conditions with aplomb and bested last year's 22nd-place effort for the top spot in school history. Ursinus was nearly in the top third of a 52-team field and landed ahead of Centennial Conference rivals Gettysburg (21st) and Franklin & Marshall (31st).
McDaid's 27:23 (a pace of 5:31 per mile) on the 8-kilometer course was enough to wind up inside the top-50 in a massive field of over 350 competitors. The junior improved his placement from last year's NCAA regional by 30 positions.
Senior Andrew Voyack clocked a time of 28:45 to finish 136th in his final regional race.