Duhawks sixth at Minnesota
Wed, Sep. 28, 2011 - [Men's Cross Country]

By Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office


The men's cross country team competed in the 26th annual Roy Griak Invitational last Saturday in Minneapolis and posted notable results in a meet that is annually one of the largest in the nation.


The men have continually posted good results all season while carrying their success to finish a 6thin the 32-team field.


Senior Dan McDermott led the way for the Duhawks finishing 11thoverall, just one second away from a top-10 finish at 26:06. The next three runners to cross the finish line for the Duhawks all finished within 3 seconds of one another.


First-year Steve Loran finished with a time of 26:46 placing him 35thoverall, junior Austin Steil crossed a mere 1.5 seconds later and junior Chris Higgins took 39thplace with a time of 26:49.


Sophomore Jerry Olp returned to the lineup for the first time this season and placed 42ndoverall finishing one second behind Higgins to round out the scoring for Loras.


The team score of 164 was two places away from a top-5 finish overall.


In four meets this season the Duhawks have finished at no lower than 6th place. The men moved up one spot in Division III Central Region rankings to 4th overall following the meet on Saturday.


The next meet for the men will be at the Dan Huston Invitational at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa on October 8th.