Kreipke Places in Nationals Top Half

Countryrunner6WAVERLY, IOWA -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville) (pictured) finished in the top half of the field at the NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Championships, hosted by Wartburg College on Saturday.

Kreipke recorded a time of 25:35 for eight kilometers to place 119th of 279 competitors at the National Championship event.

"It was awesome to compete at the NCAA Nationals.  When I graduated from high school, my goal was to compete at the Nationals, and last week I ran the race of my life when I needed it most.  Today wasn't the greatest day, but it represents eight years of hard work in cross country that started in high school," said Kreipke.

Kreipke noted that although cross country appears to be an individual sport, his support team was critical in allowing the biomedical engineering major to qualify for the National Championship.

"It was an awesome feeling to step up to the starting line today, and it wouldn't have been possible without everyone's support that helped bring me here.  My training partners, fraternity brothers, coaches and everyone at Rose-Hulman played a role in making this happen," said Kreipke.

Kreipke ran the third-fastest time in Rose-Hulman history with his effort of 25:15 last weekend at Calvin College to qualify for the NCAA Championship.  His third-place finish tied the school record for best regional mark for a Rose-Hulman men's cross country runner, with Mike O'Brien and his effort at Tri-State in 1981.

Kreipke became just the fourth NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Qualifier in school history.  The most recent Rose-Hulman national qualifier in the sport of cross country was Rachel Krasich, who earned a spot at the 2008 Women's National Championship in Minnesota.