24th of 35 teams
Terre Haute, Ind. (Indiana State University)
Course: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course
|Dayton’s Top 5 Runners
88. Greg Roeth, JR - 25:36
118. Jeremy Schiele, JR - 25:51
152. Stephen Mackell, JR - 26:10
167. Kyle Lowry, JR - 26:21
173. Michael Russell, FR - 26:25
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –
The University of Dayton men’s cross country team finished 24th of 35 teams at the NCAA Pre-National meet hosted by Indiana State University Sunday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, also home of the NCAA National Championships.
Six of the Top 30, and 29 regionally-ranked men's teams competed Sunday.
Dayton finished 24th with a score of 662 and team average time of 26:05.
"The team took a step forward in this race from how they performed at the All-Ohio. We took a step towards where we want to be at the Atlantic 10 Championships in two weeks," said UD Head Coach Rich Davis. "Today we defeated Purdue, who was No. 7 in the Great Lakes Region, and Toledo who is No. 14 in our Region. We also beat Ohio University who beat us in our last race at the All-Ohio."
Nationally-ranked teams took the top five spots. No. 8 Colorado won the men’s 8K race with 82 points, followed by No. 12 Portland (104), No. 5 Iona (109), No. 30 Eastern Kentucky (186) and No. 11 Florida State (186) in the top five. Iona’s Leonard Korir won the race in a time of 23:55.
Redshirt junior Greg Roeth was UD’s best finisher, taking 88th in 25:36. The rest of the top five included: junior Jeremy Schiele - 118th in 25:51; junior Stephen Mackell - 152nd in 26:10; junior Kyle Lowry – 167th in 26:21; and freshman Michael Russell – 173rd in 26:25.
"Jeremy Schiele, Stephen Mackell and Michael Russell really stepped up in this race," said Davis. "Those three really pushed our team towards making that next step."
La Salle was the best finisher from the Atlantic 10, taking 13th with 399 points and an average time of 25:31. UD finished ahead of Xavier, which took 28th place with 755 points.
"La Salle proved they are the top-rated team in the A-10," said Davis. "But, we've got a shot of doing very well."
Dayton next competes at the Atlantic 10 Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Charlotte, N.C.