Nov. 15, 2013
WACO, Texas – Rice’s men’s cross country team finished fifth at the NCAA South Central Regional on Friday morning, beating squads such as Texas A&M, Baylor, Houston and LSU.
The fifth place finish was Rice’s best since the 2008 season, when they also placed fifth.
On the heels of a 10th place finish at the C-USA Championships, junior Will Firth backed up that performance with a 12th place finish in the 10k on Friday in a time of 30:32 to earn All-Region honors and a trip to the NCAA Championship next weekend in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Firth was joined in the top-25 by freshman teammate Harry Sagel, placing 22nd in a time of 31:04. Senior John Cavallo (31st-31:16), freshman Adam Davidson (47th-31:57), sophomore Meron Fessahaie (55th-32:11), William Roberts (82nd-32:56) and Travis Roberts (93rd-33:12) finished in that order for the Owls.
“Today’s result was a really good one,” Rice head men’s cross country coach Jon Warren said. “I am happy with the team’s effort and the results of that effort. Will especially should get special recognition. To make the NCAA championships is a tremendous accomplishment. Harry (Sagel) was awesome; earning all-region honors as a freshman and John’s final cross country race was outstanding as well. In addition to running well up front, Adam and Meron continued their great performances at the four and five positions. We had a very, very good day.”