Duhawks post best NCAA Division III finish at NCC
Sat, Sep. 17, 2011 - [Men's Cross Country]

The annual trip to South Bend, Indiana for the Loras College men's cross country team proved once again to be a success.


Loras College placed fourth among 20 non-Division I schools at Friday's National Catholic Championships – highest among NCAA Division III schools.

Dan McDermott's 25:29 was just 1:14 off the winning time posted by DePaul's Matthew Graham and ahead of a number of scoring runners for Division I and Division II programs. He finished in 27thplace overall and seventh once the Division I field was out of the equation.


Austin Steil rounded out the event's top 50 in the 255 runner field – and was 21stamong the non-Division competitors. Steil finished the course in 25:50.


Loras' next three runners all came to the finish line within four seconds of each other. Rob Howe was 76thin 26:13, trailed the whole way to the finish line by 78thplace Chris Higgins in 26:14. Ty Wittman's 26:17 was good for 88thplace.


Steve Loran and Ryan Sheeran completed the Loras list of top seven runners – each of whom finished in the top half of the field. Loras was 96thin 26:32 and Sheeran was 110thin 26:43.


Every Duhawk was in the top third of the field in the non-Division I grouping.


On the morning of Homecoming, September 24th, the Duhawks will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota to run at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota.