Men’s Cross Country Explored New Territory in Oregon
Alexis Riesberg (TheLorian)
The Loras men’s cross country team has been hitting new highs this season. In their recent trip
to Oregon, the Duhawks finished fourth as a team against a variety of divisions, including
division one programs. This was a very impressive finish, especially since they were missing
their number one runner, sophomore, Ryan Harvey. The seniors knew what needed to be done
for the team and looked strong doing it.
Senior Wyatt Kelly, came in first for the Duhawks placing 22nd overall with a time of 24:43. This
time ended up being the fourth fastest time in Loras history for the 8,000m race. Senior, Luke
Guttormson, flew in next, landing a time of 24:51. Directly after Guttormson was senior Joey
Schultz, racing a 24:52. Schultz’s time was the eight fastest in Loras history. The seniors stole
the spotlight in Oregon by leading the team only six points behind Carleton, ranked 15th in the
nation before dropping to 16th after the Duhawks crept up on them.
The men went into the race ranked 25th in the nation, but after their outstanding performance,
they soared to 18th in the nation. This was one of the biggest climbs a team has made in the
national rankings this year.
After the stellar performance from the Duhawks, they were able to enjoy Nike campus, Hayward
Field, Pre’s Trail, the Oregon Coast, and a well-deserved break from school.
This Saturday in Decorah, Iowa the Duhawks will compete at the American Rivers Conference
Meet (A-R-C) at 11am. They will come face to face with the Wartburg Knights who are currently
first in the nation for the first time in the season. Bringing back their number one runner and all
the momentum from Oregon, the Duhawks will be one to keep an eye on.