Men Race to Nationals After Second Place Effort at Regionals

Photo by Bush Photography
Photo by Bush Photography

Powell, Ohio -- The men's cross country team finished second at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, punching their ticket to the NCAA Cross Country Championships next Saturday in Elsah, Ill.

DePauw scored 111 points, behind Calvin's 61, and was led by Polo Burguete's fifth place finish. Burguete ran a time of 25:31.9, matching a fifth place mark he raced last year.

Paul Christian finished eighth in a time of 25:40.5, Zach Batt was 22nd in 26:09.6, Cole Martin was 36th in 26:27.6 and Pierce Sheehan wrapped up DePauw's scoring in 40th with a time of 26:31.7.

The Tigers were ranked third in their region entering the meet but claimed one of the top two spots for the automatic qualifier.

"We are so fired up about getting an automatic spot," head coach Kori Stoffregen said. "The difference today was having a 59 second gap from number one to five. The guys have shown heart all year and we have lots left for nationals."

Sixth and seventh on the team but not factoring into the scoring were Nick Meszaros in 87th (27:15.7) and Kyle Munz in 108th (27:34.8).

It will be the program's 12th NCAA appearance (fifth in Division III) and their first since 2004.

Ohio Northern's Ian McVey took the top overall time at 25:11.