McLaren Punches Ticket to NCAA National Championship, Men’s Cross Country Fifth at East Regional


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).

What's Next:
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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