USF Men Qualify for NCAA National Championships
Today the USF men’s cross country team qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships for the first time in school history. The men qualified with their fifth place finish while the women finished 13th overall.
Billy Brockmueller led the Cougars with his sixth place finish. Brockmueller completed the 10k course in a time of 31:47.27. Close behind was teammate Matthew Horan who finished 7th overall with his time of 31:49.56. Next in for the Cougars was Bobby Brockmueller who finished 15th with a time of 32:15.86. Rounding out the Cougars scoring runners were Ethan Tabbert (33:37.15) and Cody Herman (33:45.42) who finished in 54th and 64th place respectively.
When asked about the individual performances on the men’s side, head coach Grant Watley said, “Billy Brockmueller and Matt Horan were lights out today, which was big in the team standings to have two runners in the top seven and then to have Bobby Brockmueller join them as All-Region by placing 15th really was a big asset to our team.”
The men punched their ticket to the National Championships in Spokane, Wash. with their 5th place finish. The Cougar men were the last team from the Central Region to qualify for the meet, edging out Southwest Baptist by three points. The meet was won by Augustana College who scored 37 points behind the Central Region’s Individual Champion, Paul Yak.
“Our men's team has had the goal of making the national meet since cross country ended last fall,” said Watley. “To be able to accomplish that goal today was exciting for our men's program.”
The USF women were led by senior Sierra Harder who finished 10th overall with her 6k time of 21:37.88. Harder was followed by Carrie King (23:01.56) and Jordin Kopplow (23:04.50) who finished in 70th and 74th place respectively. The Cougars final scoring runners were Rachel Huffman (99th) and Becca Steadman (106th).
The women finished the meet in the top half of the field with their 13th place finish. The NSIC took three of the four qualifying spots in the Central Region, including Central Region Champion Minnesota-Duluth.
“God has blessed both our men and women's teams with great individuals who work hard every day to become a better athlete and all the glory and honor that we receive through running belongs to God,” said Watley.
The Cougar men will compete next on November 23 at the NCAA National Championships in Spokane, Wash.