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Result: 11th of 50 teams / Mueller 4th

Men's Cross Country at UW-Oshkosh Pre-National Invitational

Saturday, October 13th, 2018 – 10:20 a.m. at Winneconne, Wis. - Lake Breeze Golf Club

Lucas Mueller takes fourth, Knights 11th at Pre-National meet

Lucas Mueller
Lucas Mueller
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19


WINNECONNE, Wis. – The Carleton College men’s cross country team faced a stacked field at the UW-Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Pre-National meet, finishing 11th. The No. 20-ranked Knights were one of a whopping 17 nationally-ranked programs in the 50-team field.

No. 20 Carleton once again featured one of the youngest teams at the meet, counting five underclassmen—three first-years and two sophomores—among its seven-racer contingent. No. 15 University of Chicago was the only other nationally-ranked squad to feature such a youthful roster.

Sophomore Lucas Mueller (St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) finished fourth overall in the 349-runner field, clocking a time of 25:15.2. Tris Dodge (Sr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep) was the second Carleton runner across the line, placing 53rd at 26:07.5.

Cameron Meikle (Jr./Hamilton, Mont./Hamilton) completed the 8000-meter course in 26:14.3, good for 62nd place. Matt Wilkinson (So./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) was four seconds off that pace, finishing 73rd at 26:18.6.

The three Carleton rookies rounded out the roster on this day. Ben Santos (Fy./Boulder, Colo./Boulder) placed 181st at 27:12.4, while Adam Nakasaka (Fy./Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) was 190th at 27:16.6, and Stephen Lavey (Fy./Cedar Grove, Wis./Cedar Grove-Belgium) finished in 27:37.0 for 218th place.

No. 1-ranked North Central-Ill. cruised to the team win with 41 points, with No. 6 Washington-St. Louis (97 points), No. 9 Calvin (127), No. 5 Haverford (144), and No. 3 Pomona-Pitzer (277) rounding out the top-five.

No. 18 UW-Stout (302) edged No. 24 Otterbein (305) for sixth place, while No. 11 Wartburg and Chicago tied with 314 points. No. 14 MIT (368) snuck past Carleton (372) for 10th place.

The field also included No. 19 Rhodes, No. 20 UW-Eau Claire, No. 27 RIT, No. 31 Emory, No. 32 UW-Stevens Point, and No. 33 Washington and Lee.

Carleton will next race on Oct. 27 at the 2018 MIAC Championships held at nearby St. Olaf College. Last year, the Knights snapped the Oles’ win streak and tied the third-best winning score over the last 30 years.