SUPERIOR, Wis. – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s cross country team ended the 2021 UMAC Championships in third place, finishing the day with 69 points on the 8k course at the Nemadji Golf Course. The University of Wisconsin-Superior topped the team standings and Martin Luther College finished in second place. A steep drop-off came after the Cougars with close to 40 points separating UMN Morris and Crown College in fourth place.
The top finisher on the afternoon for the Cougars was Grant Strukel, finishing with a time of 28:24.8. That time was the 16th-fastest time in program history in an 8k race and was the 14th-fastest time run by a Cougar at the UMAC Championships. Strukel’s time was good for seventh overall.
Strukel was followed seconds later by Greg Peterson in ninth place with a time of 28:45.1. The time from Peterson was the 25th-fastest time ever by a Cougar runner in an 8k. The scoring for Minnesota Morris was rounded out by Grady Larsen in 14th place with a 29:00.1, Rory Shackelford in 19th place in 29:17.4, and Max Kivi in 20th with a time of 29:18.6.
The other four runners on the day for Minnesota Morris were Joel Knopp in 27th place (30:02.6), Anthony Rozycki in 28th place (30:16.5), Conner Fitzgerald in 41st place (32:13.2), and Gabriel Brand in 43rd place (32:22.0).
Minnesota Morris will next compete in the NCAA North Regional in Colfax, Wis. on Nov. 13 starting at 11 a.m.