WINNECONNE, Wis. - Junior Patrick Watson placed 15th overall with a school-record 8k time of 24:48.5, earning him All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Watson is the first athlete in men's cross country program history to claim All-American status.
Watson is also the first runner in program history to qualify for nationals in back-to-back season's. in 2017, Watson and teammate Langston Gash were the first athletes in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Watson's accomplishment caps off arguably the most successful season in men's cross country history. The Mustangs placed second overall in the MAC Cross Country Championships for the second season in a row, along with first-place team finishes in the season-opening Mustang Stampede and Don Cathcart Invitational.
North Central (Ill.) won its 19th national title with a team score of 43, with four of its runners finishing inside the top-10. Dhruvil Patel of North Central won the individual national championship with a time of 24:24.5.