TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –The Allegheny men's cross country team punched its ticket to the NCAA National Championships with a second-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Great Lakes Regionals, hosted by Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
The Gators placed three runners in the top-20 of the 240-runner field and finished with a total of 101 points, just two behind North Coast Athletic Conference rival Wabash.
With the second-place finish, the Gators receive one of two automatic berths into the national championship, which will be contested on Nov. 21 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Senior Logan Steiner led the way individually, placing second overall in a time of 25:23 to earn his fourth consecutive All-Region accolade. Staying in the middle of the lead pack for the first 5,000 meters, Steiner emerged from the cluster alongside Oberlin's Geno Arthur for the second half of the race.
The duo raced stride for stride over the final 3,000 meters, until Arthur surged late to pick up the win.
Steiner, a North Allegheny graduate, has now placed 17th or higher at the regional championship in each of the past four seasons.
(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)