Patzka Places Second in D-III Cross Country Championship

Editor’s note: The following announcement is on the WIAC website.

LANSING, Mich.–University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Christian Patzka and UW-La Crosse’s Ethan Gregg each posted top-four finishes at the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championship that was held at Forest Akers East Golf Course on the campus of Michigan State University on Nov. 19.
Patzka placed second on the 8,000-meter course with a time of 24:40.0, while Gregg was fourth in 24:52.8. UW-La Crosse’s Isaac Wegner finished 12th in 25:16.2, UW-Whitewater’s Gunner Schlender 30th in 25:30.8 and UW-Stout’s Spencer Schultz 37th in 25:35.6. All five runners received All-America accolades from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Alex Phillip of John Carroll University (Ohio) secured the individual national title with a time of 24:37.6. A total of 292 runners completed the race.
In the team standings, UW-La Crosse took eighth with 276 points, while UW-Whitewater was 10th with 365, and UW-Stout 23rd with 562. Massachusetts Institute of Technology secured the first national title in program history with 82 points. Wartburg College (Iowa) placed second with 129, State University of New York Geneseo third with 168, John Carroll fourth with 186 and Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Calif.) fifth with 193. A total of 32 teams participated in the championship that was hosted by Olivet College (Mich.) and the Greater Lansing Sports Authority.

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