Tyler Kreipke Headed to NCAA Nationals

Countryrunner6HOLLAND, MICH. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Tyler Kreipke (Zionsville) qualified for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships with a third-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional on Saturday.

Kreipke ran the third-fastest time in Rose-Hulman history with his effort of 25:15.  His third-place finish ties 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 becomes the fourth men's cross country runner in school history and the first since 1982 to qualify for the national championships.  O'Brien earned All-American honors in 1981, and Dennis Dierckman claimed All-American honors in 1974.  Chris Wilson also qualified for the national championships in 1989.

Senior Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) finished 77th overall of 240 runners with a time of 26:38.  Junior Micah Aldrich (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) finished 91st in 26:47. 

Kreipke will compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships at the H. J. Max Championship Cross Country Course, hosted by Wartburg College, on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. Central Time.