Men’s Cross Country Eyes Return to Nationals

Men’s Cross Country Eyes Return to Nationals

SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University Men's Cross Country team finished 11th in the country in 2015, and fourth in the New England region. The Cardinals' 11th place finish at the NCAA Division III National Championships was the best in program history.

Head Coach John Crooke believes the 2016 Cardinals have the potential to be as good as last year's team, however, the lack of depth could be a limiting factor.

KEY RETURNERS

Senior Will Dudek, who narrowly missed out on All-American honors last season after placing 37th at Nationals (top 35 make All-American), returns to lead this year's team. He will be joined by veterans Reid Hawkins '17 and Tate Knight '18, who look to have a significant impact in the Cardinals' scoring this season.

At Nationals, Dudek and Hawkins each posted some of their best times of the year. Dudek crossed the line at 25:04.4, while Hawkins posted a mark of 25.38.8. At the 2015 NCAA Regional Championships, Knight posted one of his best performances of the year for the Cardinals as he crossed the finish line in 26.24.9.

COACH'S THOUGHTS

Crooke, who is entering his 17th season at the helm, believes the Cardinals have the ability to return to Nationals and improve on last year's success.