Point Park men place 5th at KIAC Meet, Torres takes 2nd to qualify for NAIAs
Nov. 8, 2014
Point Park's Eric Torres opened up a lead in the first few miles at the KIAC Championship. Photo by Chris Squier.
PITTSBURGH -- Point Park University men's cross country placed fifth of eight teams in the men's 8,000 meters in the KIAC Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh.
The Pioneers improved on their sixth-place showing in the KIAC Meet last year. Individually, Point Park freshman Eric Torres placed second overall with a time of 27:18 to claim one of the four individual qualifications for the NAIA National Championship.
Torres, from Robstown, Texas, was in a two-man race with Rio Grande's Dallas Guy for much of the 8K. Although Guy ended up with the KIAC individual title at 27:05, Torres made sure Point Park was represented at the NAIA national meet for the third year in a row.
Rio Grande had five of the top eight finishers to claim the KIAC team championship with 22 points. The top four finishers not from team champion Rio Grande qualified individually for NAIAs, with Point Park's Torres leading that pack.
Torres will compete at the NAIA National Championship Nov. 22 at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrence, Kan. He is the fourth Point Park men's runner to reach the national meet in team history, including the third in as many years.
Point Park sophomore Heath Hougas, from Morris, Ill., placed 16th overall and was the second Pioneer to cross the finish line. Junior Zane Kravec was the third Point Park finisher at 29:57, which was good for 23rd overall.
Also competing for Point Park were junior Eric Engel in 32nd place at 31:55 and freshman Marvin Walker in 38th place at 33:55.
The NAIA individual qualifiers besides Torres included Seth Prince (5th place) and Dylan Cope (9th place) of Indiana East and Tristan Durbin (7th Place) of Brescia.
In the team standings, Indiana East placed second with 75 points, Brescia was third with 88 points, Asbury was fourth with 92 points followed by Point Park in fifth with 111 points.
The KIAC Cross Country Championship was broadcast live by the Point Park Sports Network and is available for on-demand viewing here: http://www.team1sports.com/index.php/videoPlayer/view?broadcast=92215