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2012-11-17 ONU finishes 22nd in seventh straight NAIA nationals appearance
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ONU finishes 22nd in seventh straight NAIA nationals appearance

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:14 PM

VANCOUVER, WASH. — After finishing runner-up at the CCAC Championship meet two weeks ago, the Olivet Nazarene University men's cross country team led by head coach Mike McDowell traveled west the NAIA National Championship meet. On Saturday, Nov. 17 the Tigers competed against the other top 30 teams in the nation for the final race of the year and finished 22nd in the nation.

The Tigers bested nine other teams in the eight-kilometer race and placed one runner among the top 100 out of 309 competitors. This is also the Tigers ninth trip the national championships and seventh straight as a program.

The Tigers were led by Nicholas Mizeur (Moline, Ill.) who came in 44th with a time of 25:33 Daniel Wells (Danville, Ill.) finished 137th with a time of 26:31. Zach Bozman (LeClaire, Iowa) finished 154th with a time of 26:40.  Marshall Hawn (Goshen, Ind.), who finished 162nd with a time of 26 minutes, 43 seconds. Kasey Ferrigan (Dixon, Ill.) came in 167th with a time of 26:46, while Ron Milbocker (Whitmore Lake, Mich.) finished 172nd  26:50. Caleb Bernhardt (Green Bay, Wis.) finished 196th with a time of 27 minutes.

Kasey Ferrigan is the only Tiger who competed in last year’s national championship race. 

Fellow CCAC opponent University of St. Francis (Ill.) won the national championship, while the University of Southern Oregon took second, and California State San Marcos finished third.