Men's XC posts highest-finish in program history at MSC Championship
Friday, November 5, 2021
Men's XC posts highest-finish in program history at MSC Championship
Denis Kipligat qualifies for his third-straight NAIA National Championship. (Credit: Judy Seckel)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –  Cumberland men's cross country posted their highest finish in program history coming in third at the Mid-South Conference Championships at Phil Moore Park. Denis Kiplagat finished seventh overall to earn his third straight bid to the NAIA National Championships.

Kipligat ran the 8K in 26:40.6 finishing a minute behind the first-place finisher. Joel Barlow crossed the finish line in 21st with a time of 27:28.3.

Luke Freeman came in 10 positions after Barlow in 31st with a  time of 27:58.0 and Aidan Crockett was 18 seconds behind him in 37th. 

Jacob Harzbecker crossed the line in 52nd and Ethan Rhoden finished in 56th. 

This is the highest finish for the Phoenix cross country program ever. Cumberland had finished fourth multiple times in the past, but have never cracked the Top-3. 

Shawnee State captured the 2021 Mid-South Conference Men's Cross Country Championship. The Bears gathered the program’s sixth-consecutive conference title, finishing with 24 points.

Campbellsville finished in the runner-up position with 69 points followed by the Phoenix in third with 130 points. Lindsey Wilson clocked in at fourth and Bethel came in fifth place. 

Shawnee State earns the conference's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship.

Kipligat received All-Conference honors as the top ten runners were named to the First Team All-Mid-South Conference with the next ten runners earning Second Team honors.

7. Denis Kipligat - 26:40.06
21. Joel Barlow - 27:28.4
31. Luke Freeman - 27:58.0
37. Aidan Crockett - 28:16.3
52. Jacob Harzbecker - 28:45.5
56. Ethan Rhoden - 28:50.3
1 Shawnee State - 24 
2 Campbellsville - 69
3 Cumberland (Tenn.) - 130* 
4 Lindsey Wilson - 130* 
5 Bethel (Tenn.) - 167 
6 Cumberlands - 182 
7 UT Southern - 195 
8 Life - 202
9 Freed-Hardeman - 212 
10 Thomas More - 219 
11 Georgetown (Ky.) - 221 
12 Pikeville - 373