COLFAX, Wis. – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s cross country team finished in 29th place at the NCAA North Regional, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday.
Leading the charge for UMN Morris was Grady Larsen, who finished 162nd overall in the race and was just one second off his PR on an 8k course. Larsen’s time of 28:01.57 was the 11th-best time ever for a Cougar runner at an NCAA Regional.
The next two runners to finish cracked the Minnesota Morris top-30 for all-time finishes in an 8k. Rory Shackelford set a PR with the 17th-best time ever for a Cougar runner, ending in 178th place with a 28:27.17. Anthony Rozycki was next in 187th place with a PR of 28:49.37, claiming the 28th-best time ever for a Minnesota Morris men’s runner.
Other scorers for the Cougars were Calvin Nelson in 193rd place (29:19.08) and Max Kivi in 197th place (29:27.35). The final two runners on the course for Minnesota Morris were Grant Strukel in 199th place (29:31.47) and Evan Leonidas in 210th place (30:15.89).
With the conclusion of the cross country season, Minnesota Morris will now begin to transition to indoor track & field. The first indoor meet of the 2021-22 season is coming up on Dec. 4 when Minnesota State University-Mankato hosts the Chuck Petersen Open.