No. 20 Men’s XC Places Fourth at Regionals; Three Claim All-Region Honors

CWRU's three 2019 All-Region cross country runners pose with their medals in front of the NCAA regional banner

Led by a fourth-place finish by junior Trey Razanauskas, the 20th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team put itself in a strong position for an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships with a fourth-place finish out of 37 teams at the Great Lakes Regional Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans finished the meet with an aggregate team score of 111, placing behind host Calvin (43), Otterbein (64) and John Carroll (90).  While only the top two teams at each of the eight regional meets across Division III receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, by virtue of the team's strong showing at Saturday's regional meet, along with a track record of quality performances throughout the year, the Spartans have put themselves is a solid position for one of the 16 at-large bids to the championship field next weekend.

Regardless of the team's selection, Razanauskas wrote his ticket to next weekend's championships as one of the top-seven finishers at the meet, with his fourth-place finish marking the highest by a Spartan at the NCAA Regionals since Sam Merriman placed fourth in 2017.  He completed the course, which was shortened by roughly 500 meters of the usual 8K due to course conditions, in a time of 24:08.3, just under six-seconds behind the first-place finisher, Otterbein's Chase Hampton.

It was the second-straight year that Razanauskas has earned an all-region honor, after placing 13th at last year's meet.

Also earning all-region honors and an individual spot at nationals should the team not qualify was first-year Robert St. Clair, who turned in his best performance of the season to date, placing 14th overall in the field of 255 runners with a time of 24:31.5.  Junior Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro placed 17th overall with a time of 24:33.9 to claim all-region honors, and would qualify individually for nationals if John Carroll were to receive an at-large bid but the Spartans do not.

Rounding out the team's top-five scorers on Saturday were senior David Hall and first-year Jack Begley, who each narrowly missed out on all-region honors.  Hall placed 37th overall with a time of 24:57.3, while Begley secured a 39th-place finish with a time of 25:02.0.  Sophomore Logan Singer added a 56th-place finish for the Spartans, crossing the line in a time of 25:23.8.

Case Western Reserve will now await the announcement of the field for the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships, with at large teams and individual participants officially slated to be revealed on Sunday, November 17th.  The field will be posted to ncaa.com no later than 3:00 p.m.

Selected teams and individuals will compete at the 2019 NCAA Championships on Saturday, November 23rd in Louisville, Kentucky.  More information on the Spartans selected to the meet and information on the meet itself will be posted to athletics.case.edu on Sunday.