TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Dartmouth men’s cross country team claimed 25th at the 2016 NCAA Championship Saturday afternoon on the 10K LaVern Gibson Championship Course.
The Big Green posted 621 points en route to finishing the season as one of the top-25 programs in the nation.
As a team, Northern Arizona won its first national championship in any sport, while Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan unseated the three-time defending champion in Oregon’s Edward Cheserek for the individual title.
“We started the season ranked seventh in our region and we finished 25th in the nation,” The Marjorie and Herbert Chase ’30 Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Barry Harwick ’77 said. “That’s a great accomplishment for us as a team. Julian (Heninger) ran a great race today to lead us along with the other four seniors who all finished in the points for us.”
Senior and All-Ivy League First-Team honoree Julian Heninger led Dartmouth, finishing 118th in 31:01. That place in the overall standings earned him 94 points toward the team score.
Daniel Salas — the team’s top runner at the Northeast Regional last Friday — was 176th, claiming 144 points in 31:25. Rounding out the scoring for the Green and White was Connor Clark in 31:49 to earn 174 point via his 210th overall finish.
Junior Kyle Dotterrer (229th, 32:08) and freshman Quinn Cooney (246th, 33:16) were the sixth and seventh Dartmouth harriers to cross the finish line.
Stanford and regional foe Syracuse were second and third, respectively, in the team standings behind the Lumberjacks.