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First conference title on Eagles' radar screen

Thursday, October 29, 2009  
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10/29/2009 10:13:27 AM

MADISON, Wis. – It has taken a few years, but head men’s cross country coach Bethany Brewster has the men’s cross country team where she envisioned them being. This Saturday, the Eagles will be one of the top contenders to claim their first conference title at the Northern Athletics Conference Championships in Mequon.

The Eagles’ confidence is high, thanks to a trio of runners who own three of the top four performances in the NAC at 8,000 meters. Freshman Josh Williams has a season best of 25:54 which he recorded at the Wisconsin Private School Championships, which was a new school record. On the same day, Andrew Garvey ran his career best of 25:58 at the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, which was also lower than the previous school record. Connor Boushon also ran his career best time of 26:21 at the Wisconsin Private School Championships.

The trio is trailing Concordia University Wisconsin’s Andrew Ashenden whose best time of the season is 25:35 which he set at the Wisconsin Private School Championships. Other contenders would be Matt Lindgren of Rockford, Phil Allman of Concordia University Chicago, and Zak Lutz of MSOE who all have posted times less than 27 minutes at the 8,000 meter distance. Based on times run during the season, Concordia Wisconsin, Rockford College and Edgewood College would be considered the top contenders for the team title.

A big key to the Eagles’ standing at the end of the day will be where the final four Eagles finish, a group consisting of Nathan Richardson, Nate Campbell, Chris Frey, and Alex Weinard.  Of this group, Richardson and Campbell have posted the lowest 8K times of 27:43 and 28:28, respectively.

The last event the Eagles competed in was the Wisconsin Private School Championships, where they put together their strongest finish of the season. They finished fourth out of 12 teams and place three runners in the top 20. Edgewood College’s also had a outstanding showing at the Notre Dame National Catholic Invitational. In a large meet with teams from all divisions, the Eagles finished 17th out of 32 teams and were the second best Division III team in the field.

The NAC Men’s Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. The men’s race is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday, following the women’s race.

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