MADISON, Wis. – Florian Lussy
clocked the fastest time recorded at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in North Texas program history as he finished the 10k in 31:02.8 in 149th
place on the Zimmer Championship Course hosted by Wisconsin Saturday.
Lussy competed alongside 250-plus runners, and his time bested previous Mean Green performances by Paul Ndachi in 1999 (31:24.3) and Troy Taylor in 2014 (31:54.2) Lussy's time was just off his pace of 31:02.4 set in 2016 at the South Central Regional.
"Florian ran a tough race today in tough conditions and should be very proud of his season," Head Coach Kevin Wiliiams said. "This was one of the deepest field ever at an NCAA Championship, and to finish in the top 150 is a great accomplishment."
"To compete against the best athletes in the country was a good learning experience," Lussy said. "I gave all I had and fought to the last meter. I didn't quite finish in the range I was hoping for, but I am really motivated to work hard and get another chance next year to prove myself."
Morgan McDonald of Wisconsin raced to the individual title in a time of 29:08.3 while Northern Arizona finished as the top overall team.
"This season was definitely a big step in the right direction. I was finally able to stay healthy, increase my training volume and the results were better too," Lussy said. "I am sure with one more year of consistent training, I will be able to make another step forward."
This weekend concluded 2018 cross country as Lussy and the Mean Green now prepare for the 2018-19 track and field season.