Watson Wins Mideast Regionals, Will Make Third-Straight NCAA Championship Appearance

Watson Wins Mideast Regionals, Will Make Third-Straight NCAA Championship Appearance

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Patrick Watson took first place with an 8k time of 24:24.4 at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regionals, hosted by Muhlenberg, making him the first Mustang in program history to win an individual regional championship. The win also qualifies Watson for the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky on November 23. This will be Watson's program-record third straight NCAA Championship appearance. Watson became the first runner in program history to earn All-American honors when he placed 15th at last year's NCAA Championship meet. 

The Mustangs placed 12th out of 51 schools with a team score of 377.

Senior Nikita Kulick clocked a 25:38.1 to place 29th overall out of 360 runners, while senior Iddriss Iddriss crossed the line in his final collegiate cross country race with a time of 26:09.8 to finish 50th overall. 

Freshman Johnathan Womack completed the course at Lehigh University with a 27:27.5. Freshman Samuel Iseman finished his first regional race with a time of 27:31.4 to complete Stevenson's team score.

Sophomores Taylor Farnsworth and Anders Chattin ran times of 28:39.3 and 29:04.7 for the Mustangs. 

Carnegie Mellon took home the regional championship with a team score of 52, which was 17 points better than second-place Hopkins. 

Photo courtesy Muhlenberg Sports Information