ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Sophomore Nick Bath cracked 26 minutes in an 8000m race for the first time and senior Trey Horbinski accomplished the feat for the second time as the MSOE men's cross country team ran at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships to round out the 2017 season.
The Raiders placed 23rd in the 36-team field with 648 points, just three points behind 22nd place in, traditionally, the toughest regional in the nation.
Against their best competition, they rose to the challenge as all seven runner posted personal records at the meet.
Bath led the way, taking 93rd place with a time of 25:36.6. He had run 26:03 two meets ago, but was able to lower 37 seconds off his time and post the fourth-best time in program history. He is the sixth MSOE runner to run under 26 minutes in an 8000m race.
Horbinski had also accomplished the feat as a sophomore at regionals. This time, he capped his career with a PR of his own, running 25:44.6 for 102nd place. It was a 14-second improvement over his sophomore performance.
Sophomore Blake Bostwick and seniors Hail Kazik and Tripp Horbinski rounded out the scorers. Bostwick took 133rd place with a time of 26:24.7 and lowered his best time by 17 seconds. Kazik also posted a 17-second improvement, finishing in 161st place with a time of 26:58.3. Horbinski ran 27:00.5, a four-second drop, and placed 165th overall.
Freshman Sean Fitzpatrick lowered his time by 22 seconds to 27:20.3 and took 184th place. Sophomore Noah Vaculik had the best improvement at the meet, knocking 47 seconds off his previous best time when he crossed the line in 27:42.7 for 193rd place.