With five of his runners freshmen along with one sophomore and two juniors, coach Bill Taylor was hopeful they could finish above their ranking. But they finished sixth Saturday morning in the conference championships in Macon, Ga.
Ryan Chastain led the Bisons with a sixth place finish, covering the 8-K course in a time of 24:56.48. He earned A-Sun First Team All-Conference honors for his efforts. Chastain is the first Bison runner to earn All-Conference during the NCAA era.
Nathan Brame finished 32nd with a time of 26:37.93. He became the second Bison to earn A-Sun All-Freshman Team honors.
Finishing close behind Brame was David Wolfe in 33rd (26:37.93) and Trace Carlson in 34th (26:39.84).
In 40th place was Cormac Carolan-Tolbert with a time of 27:03.65.
Rounding out the finishers for the Bisons were Hunter Hethcoat in 47th place (27:11.60), Jonathan Williams in 48th (27:12.23) and Ben Fennell in 49th with a time of 27:17.63.
There were 83 runners in the field.
ETSU won the championship followed by Belmont, Kennesaw State, North Florida and Campbell.