PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Augusta University men's cross country team raced at the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday morning and finished the 10K in 28th place. In their third appearance ever at the NCAA final stage, the Jaguars posted their second best team finish ever.
Ranked 25th in the nation, Augusta made its third appearance ever at the NCAA Championships after going last season in 2017 and in 2013. Guided by the 2018 NCAA Southeast Region Coach of the Year, Adam Ward, the Jaguars finished with 682 points to beat Embry-Riddle, Florida Southern, Edinboro, UNC Pembroke, So. Conn State, and SNHU in the 32 field. Grand Valley State won the National Championship with 89 points, while CSU Pueblo's Marcelo Laguera won the individual race in 31:46.4.
AU sophomore Hunter Kimball led the team and placed 55th overall in 33:52.7. Kimball's individual finish is the best by any Jaguar ever at the National Championships.
Senior Noah Hulett capped off his four-year career with a 83rd-place finish in 34:21.6, sophomore Jacob Poston posted a time of 35:56.0 for 195th, and freshman Chandler Kennedy grabbed 230th in 36:45.6. Freshmen Joshua Seiden and Rakeem Littles rounded out the Jaguars with Seiden placing 238th (37:05.7) and Littles 258th (37:57.9). The top-40 finishers were named All-Americans.
The race concludes another historic season for the Jaguars. Four Jags were named All-Region and All-Conference this year and Augusta finished top three in every race entering the championship, including two first-place finishes.
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