Men's Cross Country - Sat, Nov. 9, 2013 - posted by Seth Mikel
2013 Crossroads League Championships Results
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WINONA LAKE, Ind. - Ethan Evans, Scott King and Tanner Dye each finished inside the top-10 on Saturday at the 2013 Crossroads League Championship, helping the Trojans end in second at the tightly contested race.

Taylor finished just six points shy of Indiana Wesleyan (47) for the team championship with 53 points, ending with a time of 135:58.7 and placing five runners inside the top 16 at the 69-runner race.

Evans led the charge with a fifth-place showing and a time of 26:30.5, while King took eighth with a mark of 27:10.9, as each qualified to compete as individuals at NAIA Nationals on November 23 in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dye finished one spot short of qualifying for nationals, ending in ninth position with a time of 27:15.0, while Clayton Orender and Matt Hall rounded out TU's top-five performances by finishing in 15th and 16th.

"We had some gutsy performances today," remarked head coach Lance Vanderberg. "Although we fell just short of our goal to win this championship, we ran with intensity and represented Taylor University very well."

Kyle Anderson of fourth-place Spring Arbor (75) claimed the individual championship with a time of 25:37, while Ryan Smith of third-place Goshen (71) took second place with a mark of 26:12.0.

The Trojans will now turn their focus towards preparing Evans and King for NAIA Nationals on November 23.