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Patacsil Leads NCAC Runners at National Meet

Wabash junior Dominic Patacsil led all NCAC Runners at the National Meet Saturday earning All-American honors after finishing 12th
Wabash junior Dominic Patacsil led all NCAC Runners at the National Meet Saturday earning All-American honors after finishing 12th

The 2017 NCAC Cross Country season came to a close on Saturday (11/18) at the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships, held at the North Farm Facility in Elsah, Illinois. Men's Results -- Women's Results

Wabash junior Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) was the top NCAC runner to log an All-American performance at the national meet by finishing in the top-40 in the individual standings, traversing the men’s 8k course in 24:38.65 to finish 12th overall. DePauw junior Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) joined Patacsil on the All-American podium by finishing 37th with a time of 24:57.27.

In the team competition, DePauw finished 18th overall with 452 points. The Tigers' top-20 team finish was accomplished thanks in part to the performances from Christian and senior Polo Burgete (Distrito Federal, Mexico/Culver Acad.) who finished 92nd in 25:27.46.

A pair of Allegheny runners participated as individuals in Illinois as junior Matt Svetz (Meadville, PA/Meadville) finished 59th (25:11.60) and senior John Hughes (Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) crossed the line in 78th (25:23.01).

In the women's 6K race, Allegheny, which competed as a team at the national championships for the third consecutive year, finished 18th overall with 452 points. The Gators were led by junior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area), who turned in the best NCAC individual performance, finishing 43rd (21:40.60), while junior Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) finished 83rd (22:08.20).   

In addition, a pair of Oberlin runners competed as individuals with junior Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) finishing 55th (21:52.40) and sophomore Marija Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) placing 165th (22:42.90).