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Men's Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 17, 2016

The Fighting Bee men weren't at full strength at Notre Dame's National Catholic Championship, but that only presented opportunities for the newcomers who were making their debut at the 8km distance.

When the results were tallied, the Bees finished 23rd out of 28 non-NCAA Division I teams, but finished with just two of the team's top 5 runners.

Grant Colborn led the way for SAU after Skylar Mitchell had to DNF due to injury, Colborn finished in 179th place in 28:47. The Bees were also without varsity runners Jonah Niedermeier (injury) and Anthony Peters. AJ Engelsen was the Bees No. 2, finishing in 29:28, and Reid Henry was SAU's No. 3 in 29:31. Newcomers David Whittle and Sam Long rounded out the Bees scoring as they came in at 30:18 and 31:21.

In the JV race, four more Bees got their 8km start with Clay Colborn leading that group in 31:29. Colton DeSmet was next in 32:00 with Alberto Vargas (32:34) and Leo Kesseler (33:49) behind him.

"It was a good chance for those guys to get some experience at the longer distance, and for some, step into a varsity role," SAU coach Dan Zeimet said. "Now the key is to learn from those races, get comfortable with the distance and improve. If we can improve we have a very good group on our hands."

The Bees next race will be The Fighting Bee Invite on October 8 at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf.