October 22, 2011

Men’s Cross Country Complete SSC’s with Fifth-Place Finish

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's cross country team concluded the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Championships with a fifth-place finish tallying 133 points, Saturday morning from Markham Park. 

The meet, hosted by Nova Southeastern University, saw Brian Haynes finish as the Lions' top competitor in the 61-person field as he set a new personal-best for an 8K race finishing with a time of 27:15.05. The 16th-place finish is the second fastest 8K time in program history.  As a team, the Lions finished fifth in the six-team field.

Jon Norris also made his mark for the Lions total as he sprinted across the tape at 28:11.54.
A short while later, Eric Dirth and Connor Callahan finished back-to-back. The duo each finished under the 30-minute mark as Dirth punched a time of 28:45.29 and Callahan clocked in at 29:11.28.

Jeff Van Natter solidified himself with a 40th-place finish as he concluded the run just over the 30-minute mark at 30:03.98. Kevin Papac also registered an impressive time of 30:29.00.

Closing-out the Lions group was Justin Prengaman, David Malys, and Matt Urbaniak. Prengaman boasted a time of 30:54.47, while Malys and Urbaniak registered times of 31:19.88 and 32:04.15, respectively.

Overall, Tampa won its first ever Sunshine State Conference Men's Cross Country Championship, and Florida Tech's Moses Kirui (25:46.60) was the top individual finisher.

Tampa posted 40 points to hold off 14-time defending champion Florida Southern, which placed second with 48 points. The Moccasins had won every SSC men's cross country title since 1997.

Florida Tech and host Nova Southeastern tied for third with 70 points each. Rollins rounded out the standings with 185 points. 
The Lions will now begin preparations for the final meet of the 2011 season as they will compete in the NCAA South Region 8K race on Saturday, November 5. Stay current with SaintLeoLions.com for news, updates, and information on the cross country team.