Merriman Places 11th at NCAA XC Championships

Merriman Places 11th at NCAA XC Championships

Case Western Reserve University senior Sam Merriman finished 11th at the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by Principia College in Elsah, Illinois on Saturday to earn All-America honors for the second-straight season.

Competing in the final race of his collegiate cross country career, Merriman crossed the finish line of the 8,000-meter race with a time 24:37.00, the best time of his career at the distance.  With the 11th-place finish, a 10-spot improvement over his finish at last year's NCAA Championships, he became just the fourth repeat cross country All-American in program history, along with Steve Cullen, Peter Kummant and Greg Bowser.

Merriman's time was the best ever 8,000-meter time by a CWRU runner at the NCAA Division III Championships, as was second all-time at an NCAA Championship to Kummant, who notched a mark of 24:28 in 1975, when the race distance was five miles.  In addition, Merriman's finish ranks only behind Bowser (sixth in 1974), Kummant (3rd in 1975, 7th in 1976) and Aaron Johnston-Peck (7th in 2004) in program history at the meet.  Kummant also finished 11th in 1977.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Darin Lau won the individual championship on Saturday with a time of 24:03.59, while North Central won the team title.

The race concludes the 2017 cross country season for Case Western Reserve.