WAVERLY, Iowa – The Carleton Men's Cross Country team, paced by sophomore Marcus Huderle (Eden Prairie, Minn) finished 12th out of 26 teams at the NCAA Central Region Championships. Huderle finished 16th overall, gaining All-Region status with a time of 25:53.3.
Next to cross the finish for the Knights was juniors Bobby Davis (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in 62nd place and Josh Campbell (Sauk City, Wis./Sauk Prairie) in 69th place.
Kian Flynn (Sr./Otis, Ore./Taft) and Jacob Hoerger (So./Chapel Hill, N.C.) rounded out the scoring for Carleton, finishing 77th and 94th out of 185 runners.
The Knights finished with a total 318 points. Nebraska Wesleyan took the team title with 93 points, and St. Olaf was next at 107 points to earn the regions other automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. The individual champion was Ben Sathre of St. Thomas who finished in 24:56.3.
Huderle improved upon his 36th-place finish at last year’s regional race but just missed being in position for an invitation to nationals. The top seven finishers—at each of the eight NCAA regional meets—that are not on a team that is selected for the NCAA Championships, also qualify for the national meet. Even if Hamline University (third place) and Loras College (fourth) receive two of the 16 at-large bids, Huderle is still eighth among the “unattached” runners at this year’s regional meet.