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Result: MIAC CHAMPIONS! // Mueller 1st, Dodge 2nd, Meikle 3rd, Wilkinson 6th

Men's Cross Country at MIAC Championships

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - St. Olaf Cross Country Trails

Underdog Knights repeat as MIAC Champions

Carleton Men's Cross Country -- MIAC Champions!
Carleton Men's Cross Country -- MIAC Champions!
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Lucas Mueller (So./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy), Tris Dodge (Sr./Oakland, Calif./College Prep), and Cameron Meikle (Jr./Hamilton, Mont./Hamilton) finished 1-2-3 as the Carleton College men’s cross country team successfully defended its MIAC Championships title. The Knights placed all five scorers among the top 21 finishers and won their fifth overall conference crown.

Matt Wilkinson (So./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) gave Carleton another low scorer when he placed sixth but the No. 22-ranked Knights needed a fifth scorer as No. 16-ranked St. Olaf began sending a wave of runners across the finish line. The Oles put five runners inside the top 12.

First-year Adam Nakasaka (Fy./Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) was 21st overall to round out the scoring for Carleton and receive all-conference honorable mention. That gave Carleton 33 points, enough to best its crosstown rival which tallied 43 points. St. Thomas (66 points), Bethel (120 points) and Saint John’s (130 points) rounded out the top five.

Carleton may not have entered the day as the race favorite, but the Knights ran like they were the top dog. This is only the third time since 1990 that runners from the same team grabbed the top three spots on the podium.

Mueller finished third at last year’s conference meet, but he was not going to be denied on this day. He turned in the fastest 1-mile, 3.3-kilometer, 3-mile, and 6.5-kilometer splits among the 200-runner field before posting a 13-second margin of victory at 25:10.4.

Dodge was seventh in 2017 but earned runner-up honors this time, traversing the eight-kilometer course in 25:23.9. After breaking into the top 10 last fall, Meikle climbed to third overall with a time of 25:33.8.

Wilkinson matched his sixth-place result from the 2017 conference meet, this time clocking in at 25:50.9. Nakasaka was the second-fastest rookie in the field, finishing the race in 26:32.8.

Ben Santos (Fy./Boulder, Colo./Boulder) turned in a tiem of 27:07.0 as he was the sixth Carleton runner across the line, and Keenan Ronayne (Sr./Faribault, Minn./Faribault) ran his last conference championships race, placing 38th at 27:19.2.

Senior Alex Schneider (Sr./Bellingham, Wash./Sehome) finished with the fastest time of his career, classmate Dylan Larson-Harsch (Sr./Shorewood, Wis./Shorewood) had his best MIAC Championships performance, and senior Ethan Ellis (Sr./Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) ran his fastest time of the year.

“It's great to have such a good team effort.  It's always very satisfying to see the seniors finish on a high note,” said Carleton head coach Dave Ricks.

Carleton next takes part in the annual Karhu Shoe Race against St. Olaf. That competition is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 in the Carleton Arboretum. After that, the Knights will race at the NCAA Central Region Championships at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Waverly, Iowa on the Max Championship Cross Country Course.