TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In its final meet before the 2013 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship, the Miami University men’s cross country team ran a challenging race at the Pre-Nationals Invitational hosted by Indiana State University on the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course. The RedHawks will return to this course in late November for the 2013 NCAA Championship.
The Red and White raced against 51 regionally and nationally ranked teams this morning, taking 44th overall. Despite the rainy conditions and crowded field, head coach Warren Mandrell said he was happy with his team’s performance
“I was relatively pleased, particularly with Dave Wing,” Mandrell said. “He had a very nice race, a good time, and it was tough because it was raining right up until race time…but he got out and raced really well the whole way.”
For the fifth-straight time this season, senior Dave Wing paced the RedHawks, finishing 83rd overall in 24:29.65. Wing was the first MAC runner to finish the race, inching out Eastern Michigan’s Warren Mitchell who finished 85th overall in 24:29.99.
For the first time this season, junior Daniel Garleb was Miami’s second scorer, earning 197th-place in a personal-best 25:10.17 by running a smart race and avoiding the crowd.
“He got out pretty hard and ran smart,” Mandrell said. “He actually went to the outside on a couple of the curves when everyone was trying to run the shortest distance, but it was so clogged up so he drifted to the outside and was just blowing by people.”
Senior Matt Marol crossed the finish line as Miami’s third scorer in 25:22.96, taking 239th overall. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen took 247th overall, finishing as the RedHawks’ fourth scorer in 25:26.22. Freshman Kent Ford was then the fifth and final scorer for the RedHawks, taking 302nd in 25:56.39.
Miami was the second MAC team to finish the championship race behind Central Michigan, defeating Eastern Michigan and Akron, which are both ranked higher than Miami in the Great Lakes Region. Miami was the second fastest MAC team at Pre-Nationals overall, also finishing with a better time than Ohio University, Kent State, Toledo and Bowling Green, which all ran in the White Race this afternoon.
No. 2 Colorado dominated Pre-Nationals with 90 points, and was the only school to have two runners finish in the top ten. No. 4 Oregon followed Colorado in second with 113 points, while No. 18 Iona finished third with 126 points. No. 29 Stanford was the fourth finisher in the championship race with 148 points, and No. 9 Tulsa rounded out the meet’s top five finishers with 159 points.
The RedHawks will have another week off from competition, but will return to the course Saturday, Nov. 3 for the MAC Championship. The race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.