Norris Leads Men to 11th-Place Finish at NCAA’s

BRANDON, Fla. – Behind John Norris' 36th-place finish, the Saint Leo men's cross country team concluded the NCAA South Region 10K race in 11th-place, tallying 239 points, Saturday morning from Dover Park.  

Norris ran an impressive race for the Lions as he secured a hard-earned time of 34:29. Sophomore Brian Haynes also enjoyed success in his second career 10K, crossing the tape at 34:32, just three seconds off his teammate's pace.  

Eric Dirth endured through the 6.2 miles of course and collected a 56th-place finish. Meanwhile, David Malys and Connor Callahan finished 63rd and 65th, respectively. Malys registered a time of 36:16, while Callahan finished in the same group with a time of 36:28.

Michael Berry finished-out his Saint Leo career with a 67th-place finish. He also found himself in the same group with Malys and Callahan as he broke the tape at 36:41.

Jeff Van Natter rounded-out the Lions' field as he registered a time of 38.39.

Overall, the University of Alabama-Huntsville claimed the rights to the top spot as they finished with a team score of 39 points. Meanwhile, Florida Tech's Moses Kirui was the individual medalist as his time of 32:00 eclipsed his closest competitor by 11 seconds.

The race ends an exciting 2011 campaign which featured the rise of a consistently-ranked squad. Stay up-to-date with SaintLeoLions.com for news, updates, and information on the men's cross country team.