Release courtesy of Rose-Hulman
TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will compete as a team at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championships for the second time in school history, as listed in the selections announcement from the NCAA National Office on Sunday afternoon.
Rose-Hulman was chosen as one of 16 at-large qualifiers into the 32-team NCAA Division III Championships schedule for the Golf Course at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, at 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 22. The Fightin' Engineers join Wabash College as the only Indiana institutions qualifying for the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships.
The Fightin' Engineers will compete as a team at the NCAA Division III National Championships for the first time since 1974 on Saturday. Previous individual qualifiers from Rose-Hulman include NCAA Division III National Qualifiers Mike O'Brien (1981), Chris Wilson (1990) and Tyler Kreipke (2010). Dennis Dierckman led the 1974 Nationals appearance by finishing 19th overall, as Rose-Hulman finished 18th as a team.
For second-year head coach Geoff Wayton, this marks a return trip to the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships. Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery became the second qualifier for the NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships during Wayton's first year with the Fightin' Engineers in 2013.
The Fightin' Engineers earned the at-large bid after finishing third at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional on Saturday, also at Mason, Ohio. Wabash and Mount Union finished first and second in the meet, while Rose-Hulman placed third as a team. The Fightin' Engineers finished ahead of many of the tradition national powers in NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country, including Calvin, John Carroll, Hope, Ohio Wesleyan and DePauw.
Junior Jacob Becker paced four all-region performers to help Rose-Hulman achieve the strong team score. Becker tied the second fastest time in school history, behind only a school record set this fall, with a mark of 25:03 to finish 22nd overall.
Junior Brandon Loyer came home 25th in a time of 25:05 for the fourth-fastest time in Fightin' Engineer history. Other all-region award winners included junior Sam Sobczak in 30th place (25:09) and senior Stuart West (25:12) in 34th place.
The team score also included junior Kevin Mauser in 37th place with a mark of 25:14. Other competitors for Rose-Hulman were freshman Matt Hill in 68th (25:38) and freshman Alton Anspaugh in 86th (25:55).
The eight-kilometer NCAA Division III Championships will be hosted by Wilmington College on the same course in Mason, Ohio, that Rose-Hulman competed on for Saturday's Great Lakes Regional.