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Riggs punches ticket to NCAA cross country finals

Riggs punches ticket to NCAA cross country finals

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Centre men's cross country team competed in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championships at Christopher Newport on Saturday morning and finished tenth out of 32 teams, highlighted by senior Nathan Riggs (Campbellsville, Ky.) advancing to next week's NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season.

Centre finished with 311 points as a team to finish tenth at the regional championships, five points back of Lynchburg. Christopher Newport won the title on their home course, followed by Rhodes, Emory, Washington & Lee and Trinity to round out the top five.

Individually, Riggs posted a time of 24:53, finishing 11th overall and earning both All-Region honors and a berth in the NCAA Finals by virtue of being one of the top individual qualifiers from non-team qualifiers. Riggs averaged almost exactly five minutes per mile on the 8k course at Christopher Newport.

Junior Keenan Jones (Frankfort, Ky.) completed the course in 25:58.9 to finish just inside the individual top 50. Senior Christian Apel (Milton, Ky.) posted a time of 26:34.2, followed by freshman David McGrade (New Orleans, La.) in 26:36.6 and sophomore Evan Miller (Worthington, Ohio) in 26:38.6 to round out the scoring times for Centre.

All five of Centre's scoring times ranked inside the top 100 individually in a field comprised of 222 runners.

Nathan Riggs will run for the Colonels in next Saturday's NCAA Championships, which will take place in Elsah, Ill.