Southern Utah University will be represented by a pair of student-athletes next week at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Cameron Levins and sophomore Nate Jewkes earned at-large bids after finishing second and 18th, respectively, at the NCAA Mountain Regionals last weekend.
Thunderbirds can show their support by rallying around SUU Cross Country at a live campus broadcast of the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 21, at 10 a.m. The video stream will be broadcast on a big screen in the Student Center Rotunda.
"This is a huge thing for our program to have these athletes heading to the national championships," head coach Eric Houle said. "I think it speaks volumes about our program that we have an athlete that is among the favorites and another that is right there coming up in the system."
Levins had finished first in every race during the year leading up the mountain regionals where he finished second by just two seconds to fellow All-American Miles Batty of Brigham Young. Levins crossed the finish line of the 10k course in 30:11.5, breaking the previous SUU course record by almost two minutes set in 1998 by Zak James (31:57.1). Jewkes' time also bested the course record with a finishing time of 31:07.6.
Both Levins and Jewkes earned all-region honors for their finish and were joined on the all-region list by Diana Medina-Mitchell who finished the women's 6k course in 10th place with a time of 21:16. Her time also shattered the SUU course record set by Tawny Parks in 2005 (22:45.9). Despite the strong performance, Medina-Mitchell narrowly missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championships by 1.5 seconds.
The NCAA Cross Country National Championships are set for Monday, November 21 with the men's 10k scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. A live video stream will be available online at ncaa.com with the link also anticipated to be available at suutbirds.com.