Nov. 23, 2013
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Running in strong winds, the Colorado State men's cross country team competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships for the first time in nine years Saturday, taking 26th at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
The 26th-place finish is one spot higher than CSU's seed heading in to the race. The Rams tallied a team score of 606. It ranks as the squad's best finish since 2003, when the team took 18th.
"After a nine-year absence from the championships, the men ran really tough in some harsh conditions," commented Head Coach Art Siemers. "We gained some valuable experience for the future and had outstanding performances from Christian Meyer, Alex Muntefering and Jacob Morgan."
Senior Christian Meyer took top honors for CSU, finishing 96th overall, with a time of 31 minutes, 17.2 seconds. Alex Muntefering was less than a second behind him in 97th at 31:18.0. Jacob Morgan clocked 31:26.0, finishing 117th, followed by Ben Larson in 203rd at 32:21.4, Andrew Goodman in 218th at 32:32.7 and Jefferson Abbey in 240th at 33:16.9. Freshman Adam Hartman rounded out the field, finishing in 252nd with a time of 33:54.0.
Oregon's Edward Cheserek won the individual title, while Colorado (149) won the team championship. The mountain region comprised three of the top five team finishers. Mountain West foes New Mexico and Air Force took 11th and 20th, respectively.