The Codfish Bowl XC Classic took over the grounds of Franklin Park this past Saturday morning – and the weather was perfect, unlike past years where the meet fell on the last hot day in September. The low-key invitational was not a part of the USATF-NE Grand Prix, but offered athletes a first run at the famous course that the Club New England championships (and a few college conference meets) will take place on.
On the men’s side, a new face by the name of Thomas Toth, broke off early and ran a solo time trial up front to destroy the field in a time of 24’49. Nick Green (HFC Striders) and Kevin Greene (Flynn Running Project) would follow up with times of 25’39 and 25’56. The team battle would come down to a fight between the Greater Boston Track Club and Merrimack College. The GBTC team of Andy Chalmers, Andrew Dwyer, Sherif Ali (who ironically is a current undergrad at Merrimack out of XC eligibility), Dan Lewis, and Eric Hinrichsen would come out on top, totaling 22 points to Merrimack’s 33.
Side note: The USATF-NE XC circuit will continue with the Wayland XC Classic on Columbus Day weekend, October 11th.