XC Men Run 11th in NCAA Atlantic Regional

XC Men Run 11th in NCAA Atlantic Regional

SLIPPERY ROCK (Pa.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan men's cross country team ran a competitive race in the NCAA Atlantic Regional today at Slippery Rock University's Cooper's Lake Campground course.

The 'Cats ran 11th against a loaded field amassing 310 points.

Lock Haven (Pa.) won the title with 36 points while Shippensburg (Pa.) was second with 63 points.

Wheeling Jesuit was the top Mountain East Conference school placing ninth with 266 points.

Wesleyan's Nathan Whitacre (pictured) was not only the top Wesleyan runner but the top individual finisher from the Mountain East Conference.

Whitacre came in 35th, covering the 10,000-meter course in 34:25.

Wesleyan's Matt Dearth finished 55th with a time of 35:05 while Chad Langanacre and Sean Snyder placed 69th and 70th respectively. Laganacre clocked a 35:47 while Snyder ran the race in 35:49.

Aaron Estep was the other Bobcat runner to score as he placed 79th with a time of 36:05.

Wesleyan was without the services of sophomore Brody Born who finished fourth in the MEC Championship two weeks ago.

The field was comprised of 133 runners.

The competitors ran over snowy conditions at Slippery Rock.

Aaron Dinzeo of California (Pa.) won the event with a time of 31:49.

Brayden Burleigh of Shippensburg was second with a clocking of 31:50.

The NCAA Atlantic Regional concluded the 2014 season for the Wesleyan cross country men.

"I was very proud of the way our kids battled in the adverse conditions...several student-athletes from the MEC represented our league well on a snow-covered course," remarked head coach Jesse Skiles. "We have several athletes who made some nice improvements throughout this Fall. They came together well as a group, and that was a major key to what was accomplished."


(Photo courtesy of MEC Conference)