TERRE HAUTE —
The NXN Midwest Regional for high school cross country runners is today at LaVern Gibson Championship Runners.
Some of the top distance athletes from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri will compete today.
9 a.m. — Facility and Course opens for athletes/coaches/parents
9 a.m. — Late Packet Pickup in the main building of the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center
10:30 a.m. — Cross Country Town USA Community 5k Race
11:15 a.m. — Free Kids Race (400m)
11:52 a.m. — National Anthem
Noon — Girls Open Race
12:30 p.m. — Boys Open Race
1 p.m. — Girls Championship Race
1:30 p.m. — Boys Championship Race
2:15 p.m. — Awards
In other cross country news:
• Rose takes 11th at regional — At Grand Rapids, Mich., junior Stu West led the charge with his all-region finish to lead the Rose-Hulman men’s cross-country team to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Saturday at Calvin College.
Rose-Hulman improved upon their 2012 finish by eight places, when they finished 19th overall. The 11th place overall finish is also the best team placing by an Engineers squad in over 25 years.
“To place 11th in our region is awfully good,” Rose-Hulman cross-country coach Geoff Wayton said. “We made some great strides and ended with some positives.”
West finished 28th overall to snag his first all-region honor with a time of 25 minutes, 59 seconds in the 8-kilometer race . The junior went out fast in the race and then fought back to pass 11 runners in the final 1,000 meters.
Senior Andrew Thompson rebounded from a tough 24th-place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships to cross the line second for the Engineers in 54th place with a time of 26:22.
“I was really happy with his performance,” Wayton said of Thompson. “He finished his career on a great note.”
Junior Ryan Meyer was the Engineers third finisher in 54th place (26:39) and Sam Sobczak was 69th with a time of 26:40.
Also competing for Rose-Hulman were Jacob Becker with a time of 27:06; Charlie Fenoglio at 27:11 and Kevin Mauser at 27:41.