Cornerstone - Men’s XC finishes 8th at NAIA National Championships

Cornerstone - Men’s XC finishes 8th at NAIA National Championships

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ELSAH, Ill. – The men's cross country team finished eighth overall on Saturday in the 2016 NAIA XC National Championships, hosted at North Farms Cross Country Course just outside of St. Louis, Mo. Freshman Colin DeYoung came in sixth individually as both marks are the second highest finishes in program history. Southern Oregon won the event as CU was the highest WHAC team ahead of Aquinas who finished 22nd.

Freshman Colin DeYoung concluded his freshman cross country campaign with a bang as the St. Johns, Ind. native ran a personal record of 24:42 to finish sixth overall and it led his team to the second highest finish at the national meet in program history.

The Golden Eagles placed eighth overall with 315 points as Southern Oregon won the event with 122. The Raiders were followed by Saint Francis (Ill.) with 148, British Columbia (152) and College of Idaho (218).

Behind DeYoung, Cornerstone had a very balanced finish as sophomore Joey DeBoer came in at 25:37 (36), Zach Feldpausch at 26:01 (78), Trevor Curtis at 26:07 (91) and Kevin Vreogh at 26:14 (104). The final two CU finishers were Doug Hollet (26:23) and Philip Merrell (27:19).

The team finish is the second highest behind the 2007 mark of 5th and the individual finish for DeYoung is the second highest since Joel David finished 5th in 2000. The mark for DeYoung garners him All-American honors as he is the first Golden Eagle to do so in cross country since Louis Falland in 2013 and 2014.

Aquinas was the next WHAC team to come across as the Saints finished 22, followed by Indiana Tech (25) and Siena Heights (29).