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The ONU men's cross country hasn't won a CCAC title since the 2009 season, finishing second each year

Tigers reclaim CCAC title with defeat of No. 1 St. Francis

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 6:44 AM
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Junior Mitchell Dale placed fifth for Tigers at the CCAC Championships Saturday

VALPARAISO, Ind. — For the last three seasons, Head Coach Mike McDowell and the Olivet Nazarene University men’s cross country team watched as the University of St. Francis (Ill.) won at the CCAC Championships, placing second each year. However, in 2013, the Tigers reclaimed the top spot, defeating the No. 1 team in the top 25 rankings by one point. Saturday’s win was the Tigers’ fourth victory of the season in seven races.

Junior Mitchell Dale (Rochester Hills, Mich.) ran a time of 25:51.50 and came in fifth overall. Junior Ethan Gallagher (Parsippany, N.J.) finished sixth with a time of 25:56.30. Junior Ian Lofgren (Rockford, Ill.) ran 25:57.90 to finish seventh. Freshman Jason Reynolds (Rockford, Ill.) ran a time of 26:08.20 to finish 11th. Senior Daniel Wells (Danville, Ill.) finished in a time of 26:22.50 and in 13th.

Junior Andrew Cowen (Carmel, Ind.) finished at 26:25.20 in 14th place. Senior Brian Willougby (Elkhart, Ind.) finished 15th with a time of 26:27.70.

St. Francis (Ill.) finished second with a team score of 43, St. Xavier University (Ill.) finished with 77, Trinity Christian College (Ill.) finished fourth with 102, and Calumet College of St. Joseph (Ind.) came in fifth with 180.

The Tigers' victory gives them an automatic berth into the NAIA National Championships in two weeks.

ONU will participate in the NAIA National Championships in Lawrence, Kan. The meet is run at Rim Rock Farm and is hosted by the Lawrence Sports Corporation.