Men’s cross country advances to NCAA National Championships

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Photo by Steve Woltmann
The men’s cross country team competed against the best in DII this past weekend at the National Championships in Saint Leo, Fla.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

The Lewis men’s cross country team placed fifth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships and advanced to the National Division II Championships in Saint Leo, Fla.

The Flyers have prepared all season long to make their time in the Regional Championships successful.

They were set to race in Evansville, Ind. at the University of Southern Indiana on Nov. 5. The men knew  this could be the last race of their season.

Seven members of the team raced in this competition and they finished as a whole with a score of 139 and an average time of 31:23.85, enough to help them qualify for the championships.

Leading the Flyers was senior Michael Leet who ran the race in 30:49.23 and finished in eighth place overall.

Four more top finishes also went to the Flyers. Coming in 25th was redshirt junior Xavier Reed with a time of 31:15.35. Following just behind Reed was senior James Frederickson, who came in 26th after running the race in 31:17.36.

The season was not completely smooth sailing for the Flyers, having placed differently in a number of meets this fall season.

Although each meet did not turn out the way they planned, they never lost sight of their goal, which led them to be able to compete at this high level.

The men faced some tough competition, but were able to pull out the fifth place finish and make it to the championship weekend for DII Cross Country.

The National Championship will be held on Nov. 19 at Saint Leo University.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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