Men's Cross Country Tallies Best-Ever NCAA Regional Performance

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Cross country finishes 2017 season

The Gustavus men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Central Region meet Saturday, hosted by Carleton College.

"We leave here with our third-straight Mid-Atlantic Championship for the women and a top-five finish for the men". Neale also finished as the Huskies top women racer for the ninth straight race.

Lokedi, who took fifth in the nation past year, crossed the finish line in 20:11.6.

On the men's side, Mike Myers and Colter May were the top runners for the Knights and the only ones to finish in the top 50. Hassan Abdi led the way, finishing second overall. Thirteen additional teams received at-large selections.

"I'm so excited to get this opportunity to go to nationals", said Lambert, who will complete his cross-country career in the biggest race of the year.

Furman won the meet with 55 points; Tech had 109. They were followed by No. 7 Stanford who also secure an automatic bid on 76 points. The men finished seventh in the 10k with an average of 32:10.00.

San Francisco's Charlotte Taylor was the individual victor in 19:14.2.

The team race on Friday was shaping up to be a close one between Penn State, Villanova and Georgetown by the time the runners passed through the first mile marker. These finishes mark program bests. Hanna clinched the second-place team result for Navy with a 30-place individual finish at 31:01.4.

Head coach Greg Metcalf felt the team executed very well.

"We were always on the outside kind of looking in for that", VanAlstyne said. "We peaked today and they gave everything they had today".

"Honestly, coming in, we all knew we were capable of this", he said.

"It's great. It feels good, especially as a team to celebrate", said senior Dillon Maggard, who competed individually at nationals previous year and earned All-American honors. The ladies were a little better than that, but nowhere near where we are now.

The Washington men narrowly missed out on winning the whole race, losing to No. 6 Portland by just two points. Alabama had three of the top four finishers, led by victor Gilbert Kigen. Behind the Huskies were Pac-12 Champions No. 4 Stanford in third, No. 13 OR in fourth, and No. 10 UCLA in fifth, making this a huge upset for the Dawgs. Junior Megan Cunningham finished 12th in 20:29.87, sealing her slot along with Schweizer on the NCAA All-Midwest Regional team.

Receveur finished first at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship Friday in Terre Haute, Indiana, earning a spot as an individual at next week's NCAA National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

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