Men's Cross Country Ninth at National Catholic Invitational

Men's Cross Country Ninth at National Catholic Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Thomas Eichorn posted a time of 29:05 over five miles to help Belmont Abbey to a ninth-place finish among 16 non-Division I teams at the 38th Annual National Catholic Invitational cross country meet Friday. The event was held at the Burke Golf Course on the campus of Notre Dame. Eichorn finished 126th overall in the 216-runner field.

Freshmen Daniel Grosch and Sam Lynch were the next two Abbey finishers. Grosch was 51st (133rd overall) with a time of 29:19.3, while Lynch ran in 29:48.7 for 61st (149th place). A third freshman, Edward Genao, finished 67th (157th overall) with a time of 30:17.6, while Patrick Lester rounded out the team scoring in 69th (159th overall/30:25.1).

Rory Witkowski and Dimarcus Vilcheck served as placeholders in 79th and 101st places, respectively. Witkowski ran a time of 30:57.8 (172nd overall), while Vilcheck posted a time of 34:15.4 (204th).

"Our goal was to finish in the top half of the respective divisions as a team," Head Coach Nick Radkewich said. "We had great efforts by the top five on both teams to finish strong and as a group under hot conditions. It was a national class field that will prepare us for the Conference Carolinas and NCAA Southeast Regional championships at the end of the season." 

Loras took the non-Division I title with 32 points. The Crusaders tallied 293 points. Dayton, Notre Dame and Marquette were the top three in the Division I standings.