Lewis University senior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) returns to the NCAA Division II National Championships, as the Fort Wayne, Ind., native placed seventh overall in the 10K NCAA Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships - hosted by UW-Parkside - with a time of 31:37 at the Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course on Saturday (Nov. 9) morning.
McLain, who also earns All-Region accolades for the second-straight year, is the first Flyer to repeat as a NCAA Qualifier since Andy Tremble did it in 2005 and '06. The 2013 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships, hosted by Western Washington, is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd at 10:30 AM (PT).
As a team, Lewis - who was ranked seventh in the Midwest Region entering the meet - finished seventh overall with 262 points. Grand Valley State won the overall title with 53 points, while Southern Indiana's Johnnie Guy captured the race with a time of 31:06.
"We ran a great race in one of the toughest regionals in the country," Lewis head men's cross country coach Dana Schwarting said. "For Andrew to qualify individually is huge for him as he had a disappointing national race last year.
"Now he has the opportunity to change that."
Lewis senior Sean Smith (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago) was the next Flyer to cross the finish line with a 35th-place showing of 32:36. Junior Andrew Knapik (West Dundee, Ill./Dundee-Crown) placed 60th (33:11), followed by a 79th-place mark of 33:36 by sophomore James Weissensel (Sandwich, Ill./Marquette Academy). Flyer freshman James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) was the final Lewis runner, checking in with an 81st-place finish of 33:42.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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