ST. PAUL, MINN. — Central College was 10th in a deep 27-team men’s cross country field at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota Friday.
The Dutch finished with 293 points. Wayne State University (Mich.) won with 68 points, with Western Washington at 72 and Indiana Wesleyan at 98. The field was largely comprised of NAIA and NCAA Division II opposition.
Caleb Silver (junior, Conrad, BCLUW) was 36th in 26:26.2.
“Hats off to Caleb, he ran really well,” coach Joe Dunham said.
Will DeHaan (senior, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) was 48th (26:40.9), Noah Jorgenson (sophomore, Sidney) 65th (27:00.0), Adam Sylvia (junior, Rochester, Mass., Old Rochester HS) 67th (27:00.4), Randy Jimenez (freshman, Liberty Center, Southeast Warren HS) 90th (27:45.1), Jack Sagan (senior, Riverside, Ill., Riverside-Brookfield HS) 173rd (28:33.5) and Thatcher Krob (senior, Lisbon) 174th (28:33.6).
Dunham said the hilly course, winds and light rain made times slower.
“It’s a little bit deceiving, especially with all the Division II schools in the field, but we ran pretty well,” he said. “I’m really pleased.”
Yet Dunham is looking for more.
“At the same time, I felt like we didn’t really run a complete race,” he said. “But that’s exciting just because I know there’s a lot more potential there for us to do better.”
Dunham thinks that starts by reducing the team spread.
“We really tried to work in our packs but I don’t think we were able to do that today, which was probably the most disappointing part of it,” he said. “But I definitely think we’re moving in the right direction.”
The Dutch travel to Rock Island, Illinois next Friday for the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational, hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) at 5 p.m. Dunham expects to see many of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Conference schools the Dutch will meet in the revised NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Nov. 13, also at Rock Island. It’s a flatter, faster course, Dunham said.
“We have to be ready for that style of course and, again, just really rely on running together as a pack,” he said. “We need to do a better job of that.”