Men Finish Fifth; Nathaneal Rankin Wins ASC Cross Country Title

Men Finish Fifth; Nathaneal Rankin Wins ASC Cross Country Title

RACE DETAILS
American Southwest Conference Championships
8K race
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Round Rock, Texas | Old Settlers Park


THE BASICS
The University of the Ozarks men's cross country team finished fifth at the American Southwest Conference Championships Saturday fueled by a one and two finish from Nathaneal Rankin and Michael Harris. Rankin, a freshman from Plano, Texas, won the individual title posting a 26:41.6 in the 8K. It is the first individual conference title in program history. Harris, a sophomore from Elkins, Ark., finished behind Rankin with a time of 26:47.6. Rankin also became the ASC Freshman of the Year since he was the top freshman finisher. Harris was ASC Newcomer of the Year. Both were named to the All-Conference First team for finishing in the top-10. It was the highest finish as a team since 2011.

ASC HONORS
Nathaneal Rankin - ASC Individual Champion
Nathaneal Rankin - ASC Freshman of the Year
Nathaneal Rankin - All-Conference First Team
Michael Harris - All-Conference First Team
Michael Harris - ASC Newcomer of the Year

EAGLES' PLACES AND TIMES IN NON DI Race
Nathaneal Rankin 26:41.6 (1st)
Michael Harris 26:47.6 (2nd)
Dakota Fritts 29:09.5 (40th)
Luis Garcia 29:30.8 (46th)
Juan Sanchez 29:42.1 (50th)
Jaeden Miller 30:10.7 (54th)
Blair Martinson 30:28.1 (58th)
Daniel Cloud 31:30.3 (68th)
Jacob Johnson 31:55.3 (73rd)
Kole Smith 32:27.3 (80th)
Rhett Williamson 34:04.0 (86th)



"I think this was our best race of the year. All the guys fought and we had several PR's today. I challenged them before the race to give their best effort and they did that. It was very exciting to see those guys go one, two in the conference."

TEAM RESULTS
1. UT-Tyler - 52         
2. UT-Dallas - 86       
3. McMurry - 92         
4. Hardin-Simmons - 100       
5. Ozarks - 126
6. East Texas Baptist - 177                  
7. LeTourneau - 186   
8. Sul Ross St. - 221  
9. Concordia - 222     
10. Belhaven - 237

NEXT UP
Ozarks will now compete in the NCAA III Regional November 11 in Newport News, Va.