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Saturday, 03 November 2012 19:32

Baker Men Win HAAC Championship

Jeremy Bryan won the HAAC Men's Cross Country Individual crown in his freshman season Jeremy Bryan won the HAAC Men's Cross Country Individual crown in his freshman season

LAMONI, Iowa. – The Baker University men's cross country team took home another Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship by winning the HAAC Championship meet on Saturday afternoon racing past six other teams for the title.

The Wildcats will now travel to Vancouver, Wash., to compete in the NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

With an impressive individual championship by Jeremy Bryan who won the 8K meet in a time of 25:13, the Wildcats won its second straight HAAC Men's Cross Country team Championship and head coach Zach Kindler earned his second straight HAAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year award.

Bryan ran past all other 69 competitors and picked up his second first-place finish of the season, as he won the Maple Leaf Invitational back in September. Eric Larson came in 5th-place for the Wildcats with his time of 26:00 and Taylor Nall finished right behind him in a time of 26:09.

Aaron Caldwell cracked the Top 10 with his time of 26:33. Teammate Vincent Tadokoro finished in 21st-place in a time of 27:28.

Three other Wildcats finished in the Top 40 including Cooper Clark with his 28:17 time and 28th-place finish, Ty Coultis took 35th with his mark of 28:40 and Garrett McPherson took home 40th with a time of 28:55.

Dallas Kaiser came in 46th-place running the race hosted by Graceland in a time of 29:18 and Tosh Mihesuah took home 48th. Ulrich Johanning ran the 8K in a time of 30:11 good for 54th-place and Chris Duderstadt finished things out for Baker with his 59th-place finish.

The Wildcats finished 45 points higher than second-place team finisher Missouri Valley and had a team high five runner's finish in the top 10.



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