BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Paced by Wesley Meyer (SO/Rochester, Ind.), Tyler Banks and Matt Meehan (SR/Marshfield, Mass.), the Olivet Nazarene University men's cross country team captured the title at the Midwest Classic to kick off the 2017 season. The 8k race was hosted by the Tigers at Aspen Ridge Golf Course and featured five full teams and 68 total runners.
Meyer posted the fastest time, crossing the finish line in 26:22.26 to finish third overall. Banks and Meehan battled it out for fourth and fifth place, finishing at 26:55.04 and 26:55.42 respectively.
Rounding out the top five for Olivet were Zachary Bishop and Tyler Gabriele (SR/Wheaton, Ill.) who finished in seventh and eighth place. Bishop posted a time of 26:59.61, while Gabriele finished at 27:06.97. Zachary Emptage (SO/Worthington, Ohio) also posted top-10 finish, coming in ninth with a time of 27:13.38.
Olivet easily captured the team title, with seven runners finishing in the top 11. Saint Xavier University (Ill.) finished second, with Greenville College (Ill.) in third.
Olivet will return to action on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College (Ill.) at the Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Illinois. The men's race is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.