Lawrence, KS – Sophomore Dante Carter and senior Denis Patrick took part in the 58thannual NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Rim Rock Farm on Saturday (Nov. 23).
Carter finished 132 out of 295 and Patrick finished at 145. Dante Carter averaged a 5:16.1 mile, giving him a total time of 26:11.36. Denis Patrick came in just behind at 5:17.4, a 26:17.65 finish. Carter was in 28th place half-way through the race.
"It wasn't unrealistic to think these guys could have been an All-American. It was a realistic goal, just didn't come through," head coach Mike Nekuda said. "I know both these guys, they are going to put the effort out. I know these guys race hard, sometimes you just don't have it and today was one of those days."
Eric Avila of Southern Oregon won the overall individual title with a finals time of 24:02.45.
The Blue Hawks are looking forward to next season, with hopes of returning to the NAIA National Championships.