SNHU participates in NCAA cross country championships

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Southern New Hampshire University men’s cross country team wrapped up the season Saturday morning, competing in the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship for the first time in the university’s history.

Although SNHU has had individual performers in the race, this was the first time the full squad qualified after finishing fourth at the NCAA Division II East Regional on Long Island last month.

On Saturday, SNHU finished 34th out of 34 teams in the competition with sophomore Micah Hewitson (New Market, Md.) topping the Penmen with a time of 36:28.8, good for 218th among 261 runners finishing the race.

In addition to SNHU, three other NE10 schools ran in the race with American International College finishing in 20th place, just ahead of Stonehill College.  Southern Connecticut State finished in 33rd place, just ahead of the Penmen in the 34-team field.  Grand Valley State University won the race for the first time in school history.  The school also claimed the Division II Women’s Championship in a 6K race run Saturday afternoon.