Evangel Men's Cross Country Earns Historic 2nd Place at Heart Championships

Evangel Men's Cross Country Earns Historic 2nd Place at Heart Championships

The Basics
Event: Heart Cross Country Championships
Location: Fayette, Mo.
Men's Results | Women's Results

FAYETTE, Mo. -- The Evangel men's cross country team raced to a second-place finish Saturday marking the highest finish for the Crusaders under head coach Austin Jacobs.

The Crusader men finished just behind Baker in the team standings on the men's side, while the women finished seventh. The Crusaders will have to wait until Tuesday, Nov. 12, to learn if they will be the first team in school history to earn a spot at the NAIA national championships. 

Shane Burns and Duncan Gakuru paced the Crusaders with a second-place and fourth-place finish, likely placing both runners at the NAIA National Championships which will be announced on Tuesday. Burns finished with a time of 25:42.2 to tie for the highest individual finish in Evangel history. Nick Hestand in 2011 and Austin Jacobs in 2012 also finished second. 

Gakuru covered the 8k course in 26:10.6.

Grant DeWitt finished just outside the top 10 as he was 12th racing to a time of 27:05.6.

Both Burns and Gakuru earned All-Heart honors with their top 10 finishes while Dewitt earned Honorable Mention honors.

The Evangel women were led by Leslie Perona with a top 10 finish as she completed a time of 20:01.7 earning All-Heart accolades on the women's side.