ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Running against the top competition in the Midwest, the Concordia University Wisconsin Men's Cross Country team had several outstanding performances Saturday. Five of seven Falcons runners ran personal-best times, competing at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals, hosted by Augustana College at Saukie Golf Course.
The Falcons finished 26th out of 39 teams. North Central College won the team title with 56 points, finishing well ahead of Washington University who scored 101 points. Aurora University was the top finishing Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference school, finishing in 17th place.
Junior Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) once again paced the Falcons as he shattered his previous personal-best, completing the 8K course in 26:15.2. Coop's finish was good for 71st out of 275 runners.
Freshman Dayton Lueck (Wauwatosa, Wis.) ran a PR as well, finishing the race in 27:26.8 as he was followed by sophomore Stephen Bernau (Courtland, Minn.) who also topped his previous best time, running a 27:54.
Sophomore Adam Fell (Mundelein, Ill.) and freshman James Haessly (Grafton, Wis.) were the Falcons final two scoring runners Saturday. Fell clocked in at 27:59.2, while Haessly was the fourth Falcon to earn a PR with a 28:03.9. The final two CUW runners were senior Jordan Guenther (West Bend, Wis.) and freshman Michael Taylor (Denmark, Wis.). Guenther had a season-best time of 28:09.3, while Taylor ran to a PR, 28:42.5.
John Crain of North Central was the individual champion as he ran a 24:17. Matt Meyers of Aurora was the top finishing NACC individual.