Mason, Ohio - Paced by Noah Gatwood's 45th-place finish, DePauw totaled 335 points and finished eighth at the NCAA Division III Pre-National Meet on the Kings Island Golf Course. North Central (Ill.) won with 16 points after claiming five of the top six spots.
Gatwood covered the 8,000 meters in 25:02.38, while Paul Watts was right behind in 48th in 25:04.51. Will Bond finished in 25:35.68 followed by Polo Burguete in 25:41.65 and Pierce Sheehan in 26:20.43.
North Central's Troy Kelleher won in 23:36.28.
"Eighth place is a good showing for the men," DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen said.
"We beat all of the conference schools that were there so we are excited for the rest of the season."
DePauw returns to action on October 18 at the Brooks Invitational hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh.