2007 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country Championship Preview
November 15, 2007
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - No. 1 Calvin College is among the favorites to win the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country team title at St. Olaf on Saturday.
Top-ranked Calvin took the top three spots en route to a 27-point effort in its win at the Great Lakes Regional last weekend. Second place Ohio Northern was 87 points behind.
No. 2 NYU had a similar, though not as dominating, result in the Atlantic region. NYU, which was second at last year's NCAA's, placed three in the top five in holding off second place and No.4 Cortland St. by nine.
Two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schools did battle in the Midwest Region last week with No. 3 UW-LaCrosse winning by six over second place and No. 6 UW-Steven?s Point.
Colorado College's Julian Boggs is the top returning finisher from the 2006 Championships. Boggs, who was second to Occidental's Kevin Chaves in the West Regional last week, was third in last fall's final.
Ryan Place (Allegheny) is back after placing sixth in the 2006 race as is Tyler Sigl (UW-Platteville), who won the Midwest Region individual crown last weekend and was tenth in last season's NCAA's. Sigl was third, and first among Division III runners in the Sept. 15 St. Olaf Invitational.
Saint John's Chris Erichsen won last week at St. Olaf, taking the Central Region title with a 24:58.
Other region winners include Brian Harvey (Carnegie Mellon - Medeast), Peter Kosgei (Hamlton - Atlantic), Jed Christiansen (Calvin - Great Lakes) and R.J. Cowan (Texas-Tyler - South/Southwest) and Edgar Kosgy (Williams - New England).
Championships Program Supplement