WAVERLY, 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 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.