BEND, Ore. – The men’s cross country team continued building momentum following the fall cross country season. A group of four men traveled to Bend, Oregon for the 2017 USATF Senior Men’s Cross Country Championships. Under extreme conditions with over three feet of snow on the course, race officials shoveled and cleared an area for the event to be contested.
Race day welcomed the best cross country runners in U.S. with wet and sloppy conditions with the Spiders competing in the last race of the day. Freshman Miles Clikeman paced the Spiders finishing 49th overall. He was followed by junior Johnny Hogue who finished 54th, Alex Lucking (JR) in 58th and Andrew Testas (FR) who finished 68th in the 109 elite person field.
Along with current Spiders, Amy Van Alstine (UR’11) placed 12th among the women earning a spot on the USA team for the 2017 North America Central America Championships to be held March 4th in Boca Raton, Florida. Van Alstine, and All-American for the Spiders in the 5,000M, runs for Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite in Flagstaff, AZ.
"The men raced really well today,” stated Head Coach Steve Taylor. "This was pure cross country with snow, ice, mud, rain. You name it and I think we saw it today. This was a race that required a race plan and execution of that plan in order to have success. This was an incredible field of our nation’s best runners. The combination of hills, elevation and mud are all equalizers in many ways. It’s not about time, it’s about place and I’m excited with their efforts."
The men’s team will continue running several track meets leading up to the 2017 Collegiate 10K Road Race National Championships to be held April 1 within the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, VA. This will be the fourth consecutive year the race has hosted the best collegians to determine the 10K road race national champion.
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