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Men's Cross Country Wins Millikin Invitational

Men's Cross Country Wins Millikin Invitational

DECATUR, Ill. -- Regionally ranked Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the 10-team Millikin Invitational with four top-eight finishers on Friday afternoon.

The Fightin' Engineers won the meet with 37 points, followed by William Woods at 50 points and Earlham at 70 points.  Millikin and St. Mary-of-the-Woods rounded out the top-five finishing teams.

Matthew Stevenot won the 8-kilometer meet with a time of 25:48 to lead a field of 110 runners.  Nolan Gross added a top-five finish with a mark of 26:34.

Other top-eight finishers included Nathan Ciriacks in sixth place (26:56) and Kevin Wuest in 8th (26:58).

Rose-Hulman's top seven finishers also included Sean Sullivan in 18th (27:38); Aaron Lannoy in 23rd (27:59); and Evan Ammidown in 25th (28:02).  Nicholas Hall, David Seelye, Noah Heckenlively and Ethan Jones also finished in the top 30 in a strong team performance.

"Matthew Stevenot won an incredibly tough race, smart and conservative.  The course was insanely hilly, probably one of the toughest courses I've ever seen.  That's Matt's first win in cross country.  I'm proud of Nolan Gross, Nathan Ciriacks and Kevin Wuest stepping up and having big races.  We will be even deeper in a couple weeks," said head coach Geoff Wayton.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Oberlin Invitational on October 13.