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Hodkinson Punches Ticket to Nationals as Lutes Finish 5th at West Regional

Hodkinson Punches Ticket to Nationals as Lutes Finish 5th at West Regional

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

CLAREMONT, Calif. -Northwest Conference Runner of the Year Brad Hodkinson raced to a runner-up finish on Saturday, guiding the Pacific Lutheran University men's cross country team to a fifth place showing at the NCAA Division III West Region Championships.

"I'm proud of how our men competed today," said Head Coach Adam Frye. "While the national bid we were seeking is unlikely, moving up three spots from last year and finishing as the top NWC team at the region meet is a great step forward. Brad will represent the Lutes well at the NCAA Championships next weekend."

Hodkinson toured the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes, 5.64 seconds to claim second place, finishing less than two seconds behind individual champion Andy Reischling of Pomona-Pitzer Colleges. Reischling covered his home Pomona College Cross Country Course in 25:04.04. Hodkinson's performance earned him a spot in next weekend's NCAA Division III Championships held in Elsah, Illinois.

Kyle Rapacz placed 33rd in 26:36.52 to secure All-Region honors while first-year Hezekiah Goodwin wrapped up a strong debut season with the Lutes, finishing 54th in 27:24.75. Bo Frohock was close begind in 58th, crossing the tape in 27:30.37 while NWC Freshman of the Year Jonathan Maier was 63rd in 27:34.37. Bryce Johnson clocked a time of 28:20.62 while Chris Nussbaum rounded out the Lute competitors, finishing in 28:44.79.

Pacific Lutheran made a statement in the team standings, placing fifth overall amongst the 18-team field with a team score of 209. The Lutes were the top NWC team at the regional, owning a six-point lead on Willamette University in sixth and a 15-point cushion on Lewis & Clark College. Pomona-Pitzer took the team title, securing 35 points with University of California-Santa Cruz finishing second after the Banana Slugs tallied a team score of 90. The top two teams along with the top seven individual finishers not on those teams all earn bids to the NCAA Championship meet.