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Point Park men's cross country takes 9th at LHU, Torres just misses PPU record

Oct. 25, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. ET

Eric Torres was one second away from tying the Point Park 8K record at LHU. Photo by Chris Squier.


LOCK HAVEN, Pa. -- Point Park University men's cross country placed ninth of 16 teams on Saturday at the Go-Fast River Run hosted by Lock Haven University, an NCAA Division II meet.

The Pioneers were the first team in the team standings not from NCAA Division II. A highlight of the day for Point Park was freshman Eric Torres just missing the Point Park men's 8K school record. His time of 26:02 was just one second behind the team record of 26:01 set by Andrew Rowland at Walsh in 2010.

Torres, from Robstown, Texas, placed 14th of 181 runners after racking up a pace of 5:14 per mile. It was his fastest time of the year in what is the last race for the Pioneers before the KIAC Championship Meet that they will host Nov. 8 in Schenley Park.

Point Park's Heath Hougas had a personal-best of 26:40 to place 28th and register a spot on the Point Park all-time Top 10 list for the second time in three weeks.

Point Park's ninth-place finish was built on just five runners entered in the race, but they made them count. Zane Kravec (29:13) and Eric Engel (29:44) both came in under 6-minute mile pace. Marvin Walker ran the race in 34:29.

Point Park's is off next week before hosting the KIAC Championship Meet Nov. 8 in Schenley Park, a national qualifier for the NAIA meet.

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