TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Wabash College and Allegheny College earned automatic qualification spots to the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championships with strong performances at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course on Saturday afternoon.
Wabash captured four of the top 24 positions to earn top honors with 99 team points. Allegheny had the second and fourth place finishers, with all five runners in the top 44 with a score of 101 points.
Calvin (122), Ohio Northern (165) and Ohio Wesleyan (187) rounded out the top five in team scoring in the meet hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday.
The top two finishing teams in the Great Lakes Regional receive automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Championships. The remaining teams will move into the at-large pool, where ultimately 16 teams will qualify for the National Championships. The list will be released on Sunday.
Geno Arthur of Oberlin College won the Great Lakes Regional individual championship with a time of 25:13. Logan Steiner of Allegheny finished second in 25:23, followed by Fabian House of Wabash in 25:25.
Other top 10 finishers included Dan Cheung of Allegheny; Zachary Nowicki of Calvin; Alex Wilson of Mount Union; John Sotos of Ohio Wesleyan; Colin Rinne of Wabash; Sam Merriman of Case Western; and Adam Togami as Wabash.
Sophomore Matt Hill earned all-region honors to lead Rose-Hulman's team performance. Hill finished 32nd overall with a time of 26:06.
Senior Sam Sobczak came home 38th overall with a mark of 26:14 to narrowly miss all-region honors. Jacob Becker (26:24), Addison Williams (26:45) and Chandler Harkins (26:53) rounded out the team scoring for Rose-Hulman.
The top seven finishing runners on teams that do not ultimately qualify for the NCAA Championships will qualify for next weekend's event. The NCAA Division III National Championships take place on Nov. 21 at Winneconne, Wis.