MANCHESTER, IND. -- The Trine University men's cross country team competed at the 2019 Manchester Hokum Karem Meet on the campus of Manchester University. This race is a two person relay where each competitor runs four miles, totaling eight miles for each pair.
As a team, the Trine men finished second with an overall score of 23 points. Huntington University took the team title.
The top team for the Thunder was juniors Derek Miller (Shipshewana, Ind./Westview) and Jack Beakas (Auburn, Ind./Dekalb). The second pair was juniors Levi Neuzerling (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) and Neil O'Brien (Whiteland,IN/Roncalli). The third pair for the Thunder was juniors Alex Amaro (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and Harrison Korkos (Rochester, Ind./Rochester).
The top three teams all finished within thirty-nine seconds of each other making the top three spots very competitive. The pair of Beakas and Miller were in the mix finishing third with a time of 38:56. Neuzerling and O'Brien finished fifth with a time of 39:46 and Amaro and Korkos finished 16th with a time of 41:36.
"On the men's side, I thought our top two teams ran fairly well, but we dropped off pretty dramatically after that, said Head Coach Zach Raber. "We're counting on a tight pack of seven guys this year and we really didn't see that today. But, they work extremely hard and I have full confidence this team will improve all season."
Trine will compete in the Knight Invitational hosted by Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. on September 7th. It is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m.