For the first time in program history, DePauw captured the NCAC Men's Cross Country title after accumulating 40 total points on Saturday, October 28th, at the 2017 NCAC Cross Country Championships, held at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
DePauw had three runners finish in the top-seven to earn the 2017 NCAC Men’s title with 40 total points. Allegheny, which leads the NCAC with 13 total men’s titles, finished second overall with 59 points, followed by Wabash (79), Wooster (118), Ohio Wesleyan (121), Denison (160), Oberlin (172), Kenyon (202) and Wittenberg (223).
Wabash junior Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) became the first Little Giant runner to earn the NCAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year award after he broke the tape on the 8K championship course in 24:34.9. He is now a three-time All-NCAC performer after finishing fifth overall in 2016 and collecting honorable-mention accolades in 2015. After earning second-team honors in each of the last two seasons, DePauw senior Polo Burgete (Distrito Federal, Mexico/Culver Acad.) and Allegheny senior John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) both elevated to the top team this year after finishing second (24:43.4) and third
(24:44.3), respectively. Allegheny junior Matt Svetz (Meadville, PA/Meadville) jumped to the top team from the 2016 second team after finishing fourth in 24:47.9, while DePauw junior Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) finished in the top seven for the second year in a row in fifth place with a time of 25:00.8. Allegheny senior Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian Acad.) also made the leap to the first team from the 2016 second team after finishing sixth in 25:27.6, while DePauw junior Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) earned his second-straight appearance on the first team by finishing seventh overall with a time of 25:33.2.
In addition, Allegheny freshman Adam Cook (Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) earned the 2017 NCAC Men’s Newcomer of the Year award as the top individual finisher in their first year of collegiate competition after just missing out on All-NCAC honors in 22nd-place with a time of 26:28.7.
Finally, DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen earned the 2017 NCAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year honor for the first time in his career.
|Runner of the Year||Newcomer of the Year||Coach of the Year|
|Dominic Patacsil||Adam Cook||Kori Stoffregen|