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LONGVIEW, November 18, 2013-- The LeTourneau University men’s cross country team finished in 19th place at the 2013 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.
The YellowJackets were led by the 96th-place finish by sophomore Jason Saler, who covered the 8k course in a season-best 27:54.27. Freshman Taber Miyauchi was 111th in 28:18.37 was the second YellowJacket finisher. It marked the first time during the 2013 season that Saler was the top runner for LETU.
“Our kids competed and learned what it takes to be a factor on the regional level,” said head coach Michael Lewis. “The guys are excited and already looking to build off this success for the future.”
Freshman Caleb Bender was the third runner for LeTourneau, completing the 8k course in 29:19.41 (130th) and just behind him was sophomore David Dorantes in 29:28 (132nd). For Bender, it was the first time in 2013 that he was the third finisher for LETU and for Dorantes, it was the third time that he was the fourth runner.
The fifth runner for the YellowJackets was freshman Kimball Streeter, who finished in 29:41.13 (139th place). The rest of the LeTourneau lineup was a tight pack as Jonathan Deak and Graeme Anderson were 153rd (30:20.87) and 154th (30:21), respectively.
ASC Champion University of Texas-Tyler was fifth and Bridgewater (Va.) was the team champion with five runners in the top 23. Centre University senior John Kiefer was the individual champion in 24:32.82.
LeTourneau University freshman Whitney Judd (Azle, Texas) closed out an impressive first year as a YellowJacket with a 123rd-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.
Judd competed well and ran a smart race, noted head coach Markeith Brown. “It was a great learning experience for her as a freshman and competing at the regional level. Now, Whitney knows what she has to do to get to the national meet. I am very proud of her and how well she represented LeTourneau University.
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