When and Where: November 4, 2017 – Amherst, N.Y. (Audubon Golf Course)
Result: Southern New Hampshire University – 5th/23 (151)
Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) finished second overall and earned a berth in the 2017 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship, as he helped lead the Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country team to a fifth-place performance at the NCAA East Regional at the Audubon Golf Course Saturday.
McLaren blazed through the 10,000-meter course in 32:47.1, and tied the program record for highest individual finish at the NCAA East Regional. McLaren also received United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCA) All-Region accolades, and in the process became the first Penmen men's cross country student-athlete to be a three-time All-Region performer.
After McLaren, Southern New Hampshire featured a trio of first-year finishers. Freshman Micah Hewiston (New Market, Md.) also received All-Region laurels, as he finished No. 21 overall in 34:23.6. Classmate Jack Ardrey (Milford, Conn.) was the next Penmen harrier to finish Saturday, as he crossed the line with a time of 34:56.7. Fellow freshman Cedric Jocelyn (Nyack, N.Y.) slotted in next in 35:28.4 before sophomore Michael Moreno (Houston, Texas) clocked an official time of 35:48.7 to round out the contingent of SNHU scorers.
Junior Chris Burrill (Exeter, N.H.) turned in a 36:09.7 performance to finish sixth for Southern New Hampshire, and senior Andrew Tuttle (Alton, N.H.) followed in 37:04.5 to complete the Penmen competitors.
- McLaren becomes just the second Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA National Championship. Nacho Hernando-Angulo '17 became the first Penmen qualifier in 2015 before duplicating the effort a season ago.
- SNHU has sent at least one cross country student-athlete to the NCAA National Championship each of the last four seasons. Along with McLaren and back-to-back appearances by Hernando-Angulo on the men's side, Stacey Wojcik '16 garnered a berth in 2014.
- Stonehill College captured the team title with 42 points, and the Skyhawks were followed by American International College (61), Merrimack College (126) and Roberts Wesleyan University (132).
McLaren will remain idle until November 18 when he makes the trip to Evansville, Indiana for the NCAA National Championship, which will be hosted by the University of Southern Indiana.
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