The Phoenix have three runners set new PR's at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge
Saturday, October 23, 2021
The Phoenix have three runners set new PR's at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge
Nickson Kipkosgei was the first Phoenix to finish at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. (Credit: Judy Seckel)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Jacob Harzbecker, Aidan Crockett, and Luke Freeman all set new personal records at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Saturday morning.

The Phoenix found themselves in yet another stacked field as they finish in 20th place as a team out of a field of 27 teams. 

Nickson Kipkosgei came in first for the Phoenix and 27th overall after posting a time of 25:08.80 for the third-fastest time in school history. Denis Kiplagat came in 53 seconds after Kipkosgei for a time of 26:01.40.

Joel Barlow finished in 151st place after coming in at a time of 26:53.80. Luke Freeman recorded a new personal best time of 27:02.30 in today's race. Only four seconds later, Aidan Crockett posted his own new personal record with a time of 27:06.00.

Jacob Harzbecker's best time of his career also came today at 27:50.40. Andrew Cullins rounded up the race for the Phoenix finishing with a time of 30:18.60.

Haile Stutzman from Huntington University won the race individually with a time of 24:16.20 while St. Francis won the race as a team.

The men will head to Phil Moore Park on November 5 to compete in the Mid-South Conference Championship.

Individual Results

27. Nickson Kipkosgei - 25:08.80

77. Denis Kiplagat - 26:01.40

151. Joel Barlow - 26:53.80

156. Luke Freeman - 27:02.30

160. Aidan Crockett - 27:06.00

190. Jacob Harzbecker - 27:50.40

233. Andrew Cullins - 30:18.60