Men’s cross country takes on pre-nationals

The cross country team was back in action this past weekend after having a week off, competing at Pre-Nationals at Rose Hulman, IN. They were able to pick up where they left off with a 6th overall finish in the field of 30 teams.

For the second straight meet the Duhawks were without their top runner junior Jerry Olp, who is still nursing an injury with no timetable for return.

With Olp out, senior Austin Steil finished first overall for the Duhawks with a time of 26:12 and a 28th overall finish of in the field of over 700 runners.

Sophomores Ty Wittman and Rob Howe finished seconds behind Steil with times of 26:16 and 26:17 respectively, placing them 31st and 33rd overall.

Sophomore Steve Loran finished 48th overall with a time of 26:33, and rounding out the scoring for the Duhawks was another sophomore Kyle Wagner with a 73rd place finish and time of 27:01.

The 6th and 7th place finishers for Loras were senior Chris Higgins (79th) and sophomore Adam Varnas (89th).

Overall, Coach Bob Schultz was “relatively happy” with the team’s results.

“We wanted to get a good feel for the course with this being the site of the NCAA Championships,” said Coach Schultz. “Our pack running was very good.”

The Duhawks finished with a team score of 213, just three places behind the 5th place team, McKendree University.

Up next for the men’s team is the Dr. Tucker Invitational hosted by Loras at the Dubuque Soccer Complex on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4:30 p.m.

“It’s our final tune up before conference so we are looking to have a great team performance,” said Schultz.

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