(Grandville, Mich.) One year ago, CU Men's Cross Country Coach improvised an accurate half marathon course on just a few days' notice. The event in Nebraska he planned to take his athletes to was cancelled due to inclement weather. This year, with more time, Van Holten put together an excellent course and attracted 30 entrants from five NAIA schools.
The forecasted snow fell overnight, but didn't stick to the road. The start / finish line had to be moved, since the precipitation collected in an ankle deep puddle on the original line.
Spring Arbor's Nate Martin led wire to wire, winning with a jaw dropping 1:04:16. The next three men raced together most of the 13.1 mile distance with Arbor's Kyle Anderson claiming second in 1:10:35, just ahead of Travis Mabe of Cornerstone whose 1:10:42 took 22 seconds off the school record set last year by Jared Courtright. Bryan Burke of Spring Arbor was 15 seconds back in fourth.
The top five men bettered the NAIA National qualifying standard of 1:13:00. Four more slipped under the NAIA provisional mark of 1:15.00, including CU's Cody Risch who finished seventh in 1:13:31.
Q Elite Men's Half Marathon
|1||Nate Martin||Spring Arbor||1:04:16|
|2||Kyle Anderson||Spring Arbor||1:10:35|
|4||Bryan Burk||Spring Arbor||1:10:56|
|5||Peter Bamundo||Spring Arbor||1:12:22|
|6||Ethan Naylor||Indiana Wesleyan||1:13:08|
|8||Andrew Albert||Indiana Wesleyan||1:13:49|
|9||John Wilson||Indiana Wesleyan||1:14:26|
|12||Tyler Alles||Indiana Wesleyan||1:17:12|
|13||Mason Webb||Indiana Wesleyan||1:17:38|