HANOVER, Ind. – Competing in his second-straight NCAA Division III Championship Meet, Case Western Reserve University senior co-captain David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) turned in a career-best 68th-place finish on Saturday afternoon at the Hanover College Cross Country Course.
Dixon finished a slow-running 8k course in 25:42.60. Overall, 276 runners from around the nation competed.
"I knew I had to get out pretty fast to even compete," said Dixon. "It was a fast first mile, and I definitely felt it. I was probably more than 100 spots out, but I just kept competing and worked to stay in it. Once we got around the fourth mile, I felt like I got a second wind and was able to blow by some people."
Michael LeDuc of Connecticut College won the individual title with a time of 24:29.3. St. Olaf College (Minn.) won the team championship just two points better than runner-up North Central College (Ill.).
Last season, Dixon placed 137th in 25:55.90 as the Spartans finished 30th as a team. He finishes his cross country career as a two-time All-Great Lakes Region performer and a 2011 All-University Athletic Association honoree.
"I didn't finish as high as I wanted," noted Dixon. "But, I'm absolutely happy with how I competed – it was a huge improvement over last season."