Men's Cross Country Concludes 2012 Season at NCAA Championship
Nov. 17, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NC State men’s cross country team combined for a 26th place finish Saturday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship race at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Redshirt junior Andrew Colley earned All-America honors for the second straight year with a 16th place finish with a time of 29:39.5 in the 10K race. The Williamsburg, Va., native finished 15th in last year’s championship meet at Indiana State.
“Andrew Colley had a terrific race," said head coach Rollie Geiger. "You look at the finishers above him and some of them ran or were close to running in the Olympic Games. We were kind of off the game. You get overwhelmed by the events, the pace goes out fast and you don’t run your race.”
Redshirt senior Brian Himelright was the next Wolfpack runner to complete the course with a time of 31:03.5, followed by redshirt freshmen Graham Crawford (31:16.1) and Mitch Mallory (31:24.7), and senior Matt Sonnenfeldt (31.28.0). Redshirt senior Patrick Campbell was the next NC State racer to finish with a time of 31:49.7, while redshirt sophomore Michael Mansy stopped the clock at 33:02.0
Oklahoma State claimed the NCAA title with a 72-point performance, followed by Wisconsin (135), Colorado (158), Northern Arizona (191) and Florida State (238), rounding out the top five team finishers.
The 2013 season cross country season will come soon, and the future for the NC State program is bright.
“We redshirted the entire freshman class and I think they’re very good," said Geiger. "Next year I think we have some guys that can fill in. I think Graham Crawford will make a big step next year. He had a good year and an incredible race today.”