Finan Leads Cross Country At Great Lakes Regional Meet
Eric Finan

Nov. 12, 2011

TOLEDO - University of Cincinnati senior Eric Finan (New Richmond, Ohio/New Richmond) was the second overall finisher at the NCAA Great Lakes Region men's cross country championship meet Saturday, likely qualifying him for the NCAA men's cross country national championship meet.

Finan's result led the Bearcats to a 10th-place team finish in the meet which was hosted by the University of Toledo at the Ottawa Park Golf Course.

Callum Hawkins of Butler was the top individual finisher, covering the 10,000-meter course in 30:01.5. Finan was just over seven seconds behind at 30:08.8. Oliver Book was UC's No. 2 runner, finishing 54th in 31:35.4. Kevin Fink was 70th in 31:53.5, Chase Beckmann was 91st in 32:16.5 and Evan Baum rounded out UC scoring runners, finishing 108th in 32:32.9. Matt Collmar was 146th at 33:22.3 and Tyler Ross was 192nd at 35:08.2.

The Bearcats men's team finished in 11th place with 325points, just one point behind 10th-place Purdue and three spots ahead of their Great Lakes Region ranking of 14th. Wisconsin, the region's and nation's No. 1-ranked team in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) won the men' team title with 50 points, placing its five scoring runners in the top 12 and all seven runners in the top 50. Indiana was second with 70 points, Michigan placed third with 104 and Notre Dame was fourth with 119.

The UC women's team finished 19th in the 33-team field. Alison Zukowski was the top finisher for the Bearcats, covering the 6,000-meter course in 21:59.2. Emily Clay was the second UC runner to cross the line, finishing 69th in 22:06.1. Bridget Connelly was 137th in 23:07.6, Kaitlyn Meyer was 140th in 23:08.5 and Jill Glassmeyer was UC's final scoring runner in 144th place in 23:13.7. Lauren Goodwin was 150th in 23:24.8 and Cortney Staruch was 172nd in 23:56.4.



Michigan had the top two individual finishers and won the women's team title with 45 points. Michigann State was second with 77 points and Toledo third with 84.

Formal selections for the November 21 NCAA cross country championships, to be held in Terre Haute, Ind., will be announced on November 13.