Men Picked to Finish Fifth in GNAC Cross Country Championship

Men Picked to Finish Fifth in GNAC Cross Country Championship

WINTHROP, Mass. – Due to an impending nor'easter set to hit the region this weekend, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced on Thursday morning that the 2018 GNAC Cross Country Championships will be pushed back one day to Sunday, October 28. Saint Joseph's College of Maine will remain as this year's host, as the Monks get set to welcome the GNAC's programs and coaches to the SJC Cross Country trail.

The women's 5K race will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by the men's 8K race at 2:00 PM.

In a vote amongst the league's head coaches, Norwich was picked first with 10 first-place votes and 120 points overall. The Cadets have won each of the last three GNAC Championships, and also won in 2012, from 2005-07, and from 1999-2001.

Suffolk was second in the men's rankings with one first-place vote and 99 points, followed by Colby-Sawyer with 95 points, Emmanuel with 89 points and SJC with 80 points.

Three newcomers look to lead the Monks in this year's championship race, as Troy Hendricks (Hiram, Maine) – a  two-time GNAC Rookie of the Week honoree, Jacob Huberdeau (Plaistow, N.H.), and Michael Brooks (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) have finished as the team's first, second, and third runners – respectively – in all six events leading up to this weekend. Junior Ben Plante (Biddeford, Maine) and sophomore Brandon Whitlock (Westbrook, Maine) have also performed well this fall and figure to help Saint Joseph's improve on their projected finish.

The SJC men's team has never won a GNAC Championship, but finished as the runner-up in 2007 and 2013 and both of those events were hosted in Standish. The Monks placed fourth in the 2017 GNAC Championship, which was hosted at Colt State Park in Bristol, R.I.


2018 GNAC Men's Cross Country Pre-Championship Poll
1. Norwich (10) - 120
2. Suffolk (1) - 99
3. Colby-Sawyer - 95
4. Emmanuel - 89
5. Saint Joseph's Maine - 80
6. Regis - 71
7. Johnson & Wales - 59
8. Lasell - 40
9. USJ - 32
10. Rivier - 23
11. Anna Maria - 18






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Founded in 1912 by the Sisters of Mercy in Portland, Maine, Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s Catholic liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition. We are inclusive of all faiths, including no faith. The 474-acre campus, located on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine offers more than 40 undergraduate programs and a Division III athletic program to a population of approximately 1,000 on-campus students. A pioneer of distance education since the 1970s, the College also provides online certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees for thousands more working adults who reside in more than 20 other countries. In 2015 the College was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to receive its Community Engagement Classification, highlighting the College’s focus on community service throughout its mission and daily interactions within local, regional, and global communities. In 2018, Princeton Review recognized SJC as one of its “Green Colleges” for its sustainability initiatives. Learn more at