WHEATON, Ill. – Senior Trevor Koziczkowski (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH) became the first Raider to run a sub-26:00 time on an 8K course since 2009 in leading the MSOE men's cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the Gil Dodds Invitational Saturday.
The Raiders scored 196 points for sixth in the 14-team meet. Washington University scored 31 points to edge North Central for first by two points (33). No other teams scored under 100 points.
For the second-straight week, Koziczkowski ran a personal-best time, this time running 25:42 and shaving nearly a minute off his previous best time. That pace put him 11th in the race, but ninth among attached runners. The last Raider runner to run faster than 26:00 was Dominic Maio, who broke a school record with a time of 25:12.
Freshman James Kearn (New Berlin, Wis. / West) just beat out sophomore Ben Miller (Manitowoc, Wis. / Manitowoc Lutheran) for the team's second position, while junior Brian Janus (Green Bay, Wis . Preble) was close behind. Kearn ran 27:32 for 83rd place, just three seconds ahead of Miller (27:35) in 85th. Janus then finished in 27:49 for 93rd.
Junior Nik Stasinopoulos (Franklin Park, Ill. / East Leyden) just beat out freshman Nicholas Avila (Northlake, Ill. / West Leyden) for the team's final scoring position. The duo finished in 106th and 107th places, with Stasinopoulos posting a time of 28:16 and Avila a personal-best time of 28:17. That time is an improvement of 85 seconds.
The team's top-seven was rounded out by freshman Jan Patek in his collegiate debut. He took 113th place with a time of 28:31.
The Red and White are back in action next weekend at the Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.