Iowa men's cross country's season ends at NCAA regionals


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The men’s cross-country team finished its season at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet in Springfield, Mo., on Nov. 9, failing to qualify for the NCAA meet.

Iowa placed 13th out of 29 teams with a score of 392 — a drop from last years’ ninth place.

Only the top two teams from a regional meet move on to the NCAA championships. The top four individuals outside of those teams also move on to compete.

Junior Jon Michael Brandt finished first for the Hawkeyes in 62nd place at 31:57. Brandt averaged a 5:08 mile throughout the 10,000-kilometer race.

Senior Nick Holmes, who finished 18th in the 2011 regional meet, fell behind to place 73rd with a time of 32:17.

Senior Cameron Rieger finished third for the Hawkeyes, his highest finish of the season, placing 75th overall at 32:19. Freshman Caleb Wilfong came in 87th with a 32:36 finish.

“We are pretty disappointed with our performance today,” head coach Larry Wieczorek said in a release. “I’m sure the guys did what they could, but it was certainly not the result we were looking for.”

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