SOMERS, Wis. – University of Chicago teammates Ryan Cutter and Henry Myers traded places within the top group several times to push the Maroon duo to two Top 7 finishes and lead their team to a third place finish in the 2018 University Athletic Association Cross Country Championships Sunday.
The Maroons took third with 98 points, behind second-place Carnegie Mellon (37) and overall team champion Washington-St. Louis (31 points). The Bears boasted the race's top-three individual finishes, led by medalist Brad Hodkinson.
With his sixth-place finish, the sophomore Cutter just edged his first-year teammate down the stretch, finishing the 8-kilometer race in a time of 25:54.1, just ahead of Myers' seventh-place time of 25:54.9.
The duo earned first-team all-UAA honors for the first time in their careers, with Cutter nabbing Second-Team accolades a year ago as a first-year.
Sophomore Chase Gardner (26:25) was the next Maroon finisher in 22nd, and the final four UChicago scorers finished in a tight pack: Sam Craig in 34th (26:40), Andrew Kates in 35th (26:41.4), Tim Koenning in 36th (26:41.9) and Ansel Richards in 38th (26:50).
First-years Myers, Craig, and Valentin Figueira (54th, 27:22) also earned spots on the UAA All-Rookie team by finishing the Top 7 of all freshmen competitors.
The third-place finish for UChicago was the best mark since 2015, when the Maroons also placed third. Last year, the Maroons placed fifth.
- Saturday, Nov. 10: UChicago at NCAA Regionals (at Colfax, Wis.), 11 AM CT
Team results: 1, Washington-St. Louis 31; 2, Carnegie Mellon, 37; 3, UChicago, 98; 4, Emory, 122; 5, Case Western, 136; 6, NYU, 151; 7, Rochester, 160; 8, Brandeis, 250.
Ryan Cutter (6th, 25:54.1)
Henry Myers (7th, 25:54.9)
Chase Gardner (22nd, 26:25)
Sam Craig (34th, 26:40)
Andrew Kates (35th, 26:41.4)
Tim Koenning (36th, 26:41.9)
Ansel Richards (38th, 26:50)