EMU - Nick Raymond Wraps Up Men's Cross Country Season at NCAA Championships
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (EMUEagles.com) — The men's cross country team wrapped up their 2015 season at the NCAA Championships, Nov. 21, in Louisville, Ky. with junior harrier Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich. - Mason) representing the Eagles at the national championships, marking the first time since 2007 that an Eagle qualified for the event.
Raymond, who took home the Mid-American Conference individual title, qualified to the NCAA Championships as an individual following his eighth-place performance at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Nov. 13, in Madison, Wis. The Erie, Mich. native turned in a 154th-place performance in the loaded field at the national championship with a time of 31:29.8.
This marks the close of the historic 2015 season for the Eagles. In addition to claiming their sixth conference title in a row, EMU took home their 20th title overall, tying Miami for the most MAC conference championships in history. Additionally, Raymond's individual title marked the 16th time that an Eagle has took home the top spot, while head coach John Goodridge was named the MAC Coach of the Year for the 10th time. Collectively, the Green and White landed seven harriers on the All-MAC teams, the most since Eastern won the MAC Championship in 2006 when they also had seven Eagles honored.
In addition to their success at the conference championship, the Eagles turned in their best performance at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional since 2002. The team took third with 102 pts while Raymond finished eighth, senior Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio - Maumee) took 12th, and redshirt sophomore Hlynur Andresson (Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland - Mountain Ridge) nabbed 17th. All three earned All-Region honors for their performance. Although the Eagles did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, Raymond was selected as an individual qualifier.