CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Junior Patrick Watson finished third overall at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Championship with an 8k time of 26:04, earning him a spot into the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship for the second-straight season. Watson, who earned all-region honors for his finish, is the first athlete in program history to qualify for nationals in back-to-back seasons.
The Mustangs finished eighth overall out of 52 teams with a team score of 257.
Junior Nikita Kulick was the next Stevenson runner to cross the line, placing 42nd with a 27:14. Sophomore Aditya Singh finished just behind Kulick with a 27:30.7, earning him 56th out of 357 runners.
Senior Brett Olin clocked a 28:52.1, while senior Langston Gash finished up his illustrious collegiate career with a time of 28:53.1. Gash won three races during his senior season and was named MAC Runner of the Week four times. In 2017, Gash and Watson became the first athletes in program history to qualify for nationals.
Harley Moyer of Washington and Jefferson won the individual championship with a time of 25:55, while Carnegie Mellon won the team title over Haverford by eight places with a score of 76. Both Carnegie Mellon and Haverford earned automatic bids into next week's national championship.
Watson will compete at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, on Saturday, November 17 at 11 a.m.