EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Senior Baylor Harvey became a two-time All-American in cross country with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships on Saturday (Nov. 18) morning at the Angel Mounds course in the 10-kilometer race. The Hillcats as a team placed 26th out of 32 teams in the 250-runner field.
Harvey picked off runners as he grew stronger during the 10-kilometer race. He went from 82nd after the first kilometer to an All-American position by the 4-kilometer split at 34th place. He surged up into the top 20 with about 2-kilometers left and continued to move up to the 16th-place spot with 1-kilometer to go and held onto the spot for a time of 31:27.0. The senior from Cleveland, Okla. was just barely edged at the finish line by Mason Phillips of Sioux Falls by 0.2 of a second. The top 40 runners in today's NCAA Championship garnered All-American honors.
Harvey repeated as an All-American in cross country after placing 19th at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championship in Saint Leo, Fla. He was also an All-American during his junior season in track & field in the 5,000 meters.
In the RSU's first-ever team appearance in the NCAA championship, the navy and red placed 26th in the field of 32 teams. The Hillcats earned points from Harvey, Elijah Mackey, Seth Whittington, Ryan Alexander and Byrun Ratliff to total 590 points.
Mackey, a freshman from Anna, Texas, finished in the second spot for the Cats. The Heartland Conference Freshman of the Year covered the course in 33:07.4 for 115th in the field of 250 runners.
Whittington totaled a time of 33:48.2 to place third for the navy and red and 153rd overall.
Running in his final collegiate race, Alexander earned the fourth spot in the RSU lineup with his 34:14.1 time. Ratliff took the final spot in the team scoring crossing the final line at 34:40.2.
Colton Green ran a time of 34:41.3 for sixth for the Hillcats. In the seventh spot for RSU was Brooks Cataudella in 35:04.7.
James Ngandu of Tiffin pulled away from the field to win the national title by 34 seconds in a time of 30:18.8. Zach Panning of Grand Valley State took second in 30:52.8.
Adams State won the team national championship with a total of 44 points. ASU placed all five of its runners in the top 16. GVSU took second with 64 points, and Colorado Mines was third with 85 points.
The championship was the final collegiate cross country race for both Harvey and Alexander. Harvey was a three-time Heartland Conference individual champion and two-time All-American in cross country. Harvey and Alexander led the Hillcats to their first-ever Heartland Conference Championship as a team during the 2017 season.
16-Baylor Harvey 31:27.0
115-Elijah Mackey 33:07.4
153-Seth Whittington 33:48.2
188-Ryan Alexander 34:14.1
210-Byrun Ratliff 34:40.2
211-Colton Green 34:41.3
228-Brooks Cataudella 35:04.7
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