TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The RHIT men's cross country team opened the 2017 season Saturday morning in a winning fashion at the John McNichols Invitational.
The invitational honors the late John McNichols, the longest tenured head coach in Indiana State history, who won 38 total team titles and coached 15 NCAA Champions, 10 NCAA Runners-Up, 113 All-Americans and 464 MVC Champions among many other noteworthy accomplishments. He was also instrumental in the designing and development of both the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course (site of 12 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships) and the Gibson Track & Field Complex.
Rose-Hulman won the team scoring in the "Small School" division, claiming three of the top four finishes. Sophomore Matthew Stevenot led Rose-Hulman with a time of 26:43.4 to place second. Junior Kennedy Schnieders was third and senior Alton Anspaugh finished right behind Stevenot with respective times of 26:48.4 and 26:51.1. Junior Kevin Wuest (27:34.2) and senior Chandler Harkins (27:34.5) finished 13th and 14th overall.
The Fightin' Engineers won the meet with 26 points, followed by St. Mary (Kansas) with 30. Marian came third with 80 points, followed by McKendree at 110.
The men will run again on Friday September 15 at the Indiana Intercollegiates in West Lafayette, Indiana at 3:30 PM.