Grunn qualifies for NAIA Meet as Point Park Men place 4th of 8 at KIAC Meet
Nov. 3, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Point Park's Dylan Grunn qualified for the NAIA Meet with a 9th-place finish at the KIAC Meet. Photo by Evan Skowvron.
RICHMOND, Ind. -- Senior Dylan Grunn placed ninth individually and qualify for the NAIA National Championship Meet to lead the Point Park University men's cross country team to 4th place of 8 teams that the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Meen on Saturday.
Grunn, a senior from Honesdale, Pa., qualified for the NAIA Meet for the first time in his career with an 8K time of 27:33. Grunn, who earned all-conference honors for the second time in his career, will compete at the NAIA Meet Nov. 17 in Vancouver, Wash.
Grunn qualified for the national meet because, in addition to the team champion qualifying for NAIAs, conferences send their top five individual finishers to the national meet. Grunn made the cut as the second individual qualifer outside of team champion Berea, which took six of the top seven individual placements.
Coming up just short of an individual NAIA bid was Point Park's Zane Kravec, a freshman from Norwin High School. Kravec was the first individual left out of nationals as his time of 28:34 was 16 seconds off the pace of the fifth-and-final individual qualifier. He will be the first alternate from the KIAC and make his way to nationals if someone pulls out.
The KIAC meet was conducted at IU East in Richmond, Ind. Point Park totaled 100 team points in the men's race, which was just behind third-place Brescia at 99. Asbury was second with 85 points, and KIAC champion Berea won easily with 17 points and will represent the conference at the NAIA Meet.
Berea had six of the top seven finishers. With his ninth-place finish, Point Park's Grunn was the top runner not from Berea or Brescia.
Berea's Austin Houchens cruised to the individual title with a time of 26:03. His teammate Darryll Patrick finished 21 seconds later to place second at 26:24.
After Grunn and Kravec, Point Park's next four finishers all came in around the same placement. Eric Engel (29:40), Ian McIntosh (29:52) and Chris Kennedy (29:53) finished 30th, 31st and 32nd, and Connon Mulvaney (30:04) was a couple of spots back in 35th place. Adam Freeman (31:36) and Daniel Kelley (35:50) also competed for the Pioneers.
For details about the NAIA Meet in the coming weeks, check back at this site and also visit www.naia.org. Grunn is the first Point Park men's cross country runner to qualify for the NAIA Meet since Jesse Bender did so in 2004 and 2005.
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