Several members of the Charger men's cross country team traveled to Wisconsin Saturday to compete in the UW-Parkside Invitational Saturday, and finished third overall in a competitive field.
Hillsdale scored 93 points as a team and was led by 2012 All-American Joshua Mirth, who produced another solid race.
Mirth finished second overall at the meet with a time of 25:04.3 on the 8K course. Freshman Joseph Newcomb continued his strong rookie campaign by placing 15th overall at 25:48.7.
Teammates Luke Hickman and John Butler finished in back-to-back positions, 25th and 26th overall, and freshman Luke Daigneault rounded out the team's top five runners and improved on his previous best 8K time by a whopping 37 seconds.
"I am really pleased with where we are right now at this point in the season," said coach Jeff Forino. "We are getting better every week and are on track to have a great showing during the championship portion of the season. At this point it is about mentally preparing by executing the race plan each week and giving all we have through the end of every race. We had that today with guys like Johnny Wierenga going to the well and collapsing at the finish line. He really put it out there today and was rewarded with a lifetime best. That is what we need going forward if we want to achieve our goal of competing in the national meet as a team."
A warm, sun-soaked Friday afternoon on its home course was an ideal setting for the Hillsdale College men's cross country team as it competed against eight other non-Division I programs at the Michigan Intercollegiate Cross Country Meet, held at Hayden Park.
The men took second place in its division with 83 points. The division was made up of nine programs from NCAA Division II, Division III, the NAIA, and JuCo programs. Saginaw Valley State won the meet with 50 points, while Calvin College took third with 101 points.
Freshman Caleb Gatchell was Hillsdale's top runner at the meet, placing seventh overall with a time of 27:00.96. Freshman Evan Carter wasn't far behind, taking 12th overall in 27:19.50, while senior Matthew VanEgmond was Hillsdale's No. 3 runner, placing 14th overall with a time of 27:36.88.