Colorado College's Blackburn, Trinity's Bellow and Brown Highlight NCAA Cross Country Regional Performances

Colorado College's Blackburn, Trinity's Bellow and Brown Highlight NCAA Cross Country Regional Performances

Four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference teams competed at the NCAA Men's Cross Country regionals Saturday morning.


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Trinity University men came in fifth, followed by Texas Lutheran University and Southwestern University in 24th and 25th, respectively, at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Cross Country Regional on Saturday. Results

The Trinity men's fifth-place finish among 31 squads is an improvement from last year's eighth-place standing.  

In a pack of 222 runners, first-year Harry Bellow earned All-Region honors with a 28th-place performance, turning in a time of 25:24.27. Senior Austin Brown finished 32nd, and picked up All-Region accolades for the third straight year.

Trinity senior Michael Erickson just missed All-Region selection by one slot, finishing in 36th place.

Texas Lutheran senior Blake Westbrook led the Bulldogs in his final cross country race with a school record 8K time of 26 minutes and 32 seconds. Westbrook's 81st-place finish is the highest individual regional finish in program history.


CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Colorado College men's cross country team wrapped up its 2017 season Saturday with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Division III West Regional Championships in Claremont, Calif. Results
 
Sophomore Max Blackburn, the 2017 SCAC Runner of the Year, led the Tigers with a 29th-place finish by covering the 8K course in a time of 26 minutes, 29.79 seconds. Fellow sophomore Tony Calderon followed in 41st place in 26:53.24.
 
Pomona-Pitzer took the team title with 35 points, followed by UC Santa Cruz with 81. The top two teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships, while the top seven individuals that are not on those two or other teams selected at-large also advance to the national meet.

Colorado College was the only SCAC school that competed in the West Regional.