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NCAC Trio Earns AA Honors At XC Nationals

NCAC Trio Earns AA Honors At XC Nationals

NCAC Weekly Cross Country Release - (11/21/16)

The 2016 NCAC Cross Country season came to a close on Saturday (11/19) at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Three NCAC runners logged All-American performances at the national meet by finishing in the top-35 in the individual standings, highlighted by a pair of fifth-place showings from Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) {left} and Allegheny senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) {middle}. 

Fowler traversed the women’s 6K championship course with a time of 20:51.1, while Cheung crossed the line in the men’s race with an 8K time of 24:18.9.

Also earning an All-American citation was Allegheny senior Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) {right} in 17th-place in the men’s race with an 8K time of 24:41.2. 

Both Allegheny squads also competed in the team portion of the championship competition, with the women finishing 13th out of 32 teams with 405 points and the men finishing 16th out of 32 teams with 386 points.

While Fowler was the only league runner to earn a women’s All-American award, a trio of NCAC runners posted top-55 finishes in the individual standings. DePauw senior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) led the grouping in 50th with a time of 21:37.0, followed by Allegheny senior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) in 51st (21:37.7) and Oberlin sophomore Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) in 53rd (21:38.6). 

On the men’s side, Wabash sophomore Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) was the league’s top individual finisher outside of Cheung and Violette in 52nd with an 8K time of 25:07.9. 

Four additional men’s also competed in Kentucky, led by DePauw junior Polo Burguete (Distrito Federal, Mexico/Culver Academy, IN) finishing 63rd overall with a time of 25:12.7. He was followed by Wabash senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) in 90th (25:21.5), Ohio Wesleyan junior John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) in 96th (25:22.1) and DePauw sophomore Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) in 177th (25:52.0).