Finan Finishes 25th, Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Championships
Eric Finan

Nov. 21, 2011

Finan Interview | Coach Schnier Interview

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - University of Cincinnati senior Eric Finan finished 25th at the NCAA men's cross championship today. The meet took place at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

Finan ran 29:54.6, a personal best for 10,000 meters. He becomes UC's highest finisher at the NCAA men's cross country championship since Ron Stapleton was 23rd in 1972.

"I'm very happy with the race, I did PR, I ran my best," Finan said. "I wanted to run a little more conservative for 5k than last year when I went out too quick and didn't have much left. I think strategically I ran a pretty good race (today)".

Finan was 60th in the 2010 race, finishing in 30:41.1

"Eric really did well," said UC men's cross country head coach Bill Schnier. "It was a tremendous race for him and he really represented all of us well."

Arizona's Lawi Lalang won the men's race in 28:44.1. Chris Derrick of Stanford was second and Iona's Leonard Korir finished third. Wisconsin won the team title with 97 points. Oklahoma State was second with 139 points, Colorado was third and BYU fourth.