Marquette Men Best Regional Ranking with 10th-Place Finish
Nov. 13, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Marquette University men's cross country team improved upon its regional ranking of 14 to finish 10th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Saturday afternoon at the Katke-Cousins Golf Course in Rochester, Mich. The women notched a 16th-place finish and were led by senior Olivia Johnson in 49th place with a career-best 6k time of 21:50.2.
"It was a fantastic performance this afternoon on the men's side," head coach Mike Nelson said. "We accomplished our goal of finishing under 300 points, so I am really happy for the guys as a group. The women set several personal bests and beat some of the teams that had beaten them earlier in the season. The course was pretty challenging with hills the whole way, but it was a good way to finish the year."
Marquette's 10th-place finish marks the highest placement for the MU men since they finished eighth in 2007. The Golden Eagles' top-five runners placed ahead of all but six other schools' top-fives, but the their lack of an individual in the race's top-20 knocked them to the 10th spot.
Senior Brice Cleland, competing in his fourth NCAA Regional, led the Golden Eagles in 46th place with a time of 31:30.0 and was followed by Michigan-native Blake Johnson's 54th-place finish in 31:39.9. Marquette's 3-5 runners followed in a spread of eight seconds with Connor Callahan placing 58th overall (31:47.3), followed by seniors Peter Bolgert in 61st (31:54.3) and Nick Szczech in 62nd (31:55.2).
Szcech, MU's fifth runner, would have been in the No. 3 position for the University of Michigan squad that finished seventh.
"Nick stepped up and ran a nice race today," Nelson said. "I was impressed with how strongly he came back to run. Connor Callahan also came back strong from a disappointing meet at the conference championships."
Wisconsin and Indiana finished in the top two spots on the men's side, while Michigan State and Michigan topped the women's field.
1. 46 Brice Cleland 31:30.0