Thunderbirds Finish Ninth; Alison Pray Finishes 50th At NCAA Nationals

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Southern Utah men’s cross country team competed at the NCAA National Championships Monday morning where they finished in ninth place, their highest finish as a team in the history of the program.

Alison Pray also competed in the national championship as an individual on the women’s side, finishing in 50th place in the entire nation, finishing the 6K with a time of 21:04.4.

The men’s team came in ninth place as a team with a total of 270 points, just five points off of Iowa State in eighth place.

Christian Ricketts was the first Thunderbird to cross the finish line, coming in 31st with a time of 30:37.9 and earning All-American honors.

Nate Osterstock was the second T-Bird to finish the 10K, coming in 48th with a time of 31:00.3 and Stefan Rasmuson finished in 52nd with a time of 31:02.1.

Aidan Reed finished in 88th with a time of 31:24.5. Isaiah Labra was the fifth Thunderbird to finish, crossing the line in 97th with a time of 31:32.1.

Travis Feeny finished in 115th with a time of 31:39.4 and Santiago Gaitan finished in 140th with a time of 32:06.4.

Northern Arizona won their fourth national championship in the last five seasons with just 60 total points, 27 points lower than Notre Dame who came in second.

Story and photo courtesy of SUU Athletics