SACRAMENTO, California - For the third straight year, the Walsh Cavaliers men's cross country team competed in the NCAA Division II National Championships. This year, the team ran at Arcade Creek in Sacramento, California.
The Cavaliers finished 28th as a team out of 34 schools in the race. Senior Jacob Caniford finished 52nd, as the top runner for the Cavaliers.
Head Coach Rob Mizicko said, "Today's mens race was unlike any other race our men have raced all year. Jacob Caniford ran his career best cross country race in his last race as a senior. He was in the zone today. He got out strong and moved up throughout the entire race. He clearly executed the best individual race we have ever had an athlete run as a DII program. As a team, we struggled a bit today. We were not able to match the competition's fast start. In other words, as a group, we didn't get out very well. This put us back pretty far early in the race and we were unable to move up. Overall, I am extremely pleased with our men's team. We only lined up 3 guys that were in this race last year and we bring all but one back next year. Our men learned a lot today and I know they will work extremely hard to get back to the national meet next year to improve our team finish."
Caniford's finish was the highest Division II finish in the history of the program. He completed the 10K course in 31:01.0, earning 43 points for the team score. Junior Noah Murray ran a time of 31:51.5 as he finished 131st overall. Freshman Drew Roberts was five seconds behind in 139th place. Both Murray and Roberts passed eight runners in the final 900 meters of the race. Sophomore Beau Boyden finished Arcade Creek's course in 32:09.5. Jared Bugaj finished fifth for the Cavaliers with a 32:48.5 time while Ed Walsh clocked in six seconds behind Bugaj. Tyler Pace rounded out the Cavaliers with a final time of 33:38.8 overall.