DECHORAH, Iowa (Blugolds.com) - Despite putting four runners in the top ten of the race, the UW-Eau Claire men's cross country team fell four points short of first and three points shy of second-place to take home third place honors at the JV Cup, hosted by Luther College.
Augustana (Ill.) won the meet with 40 points, Luther finished second with 41 and the Blugolds clocked in with 44 points.
Steven Schimmel (So.-Stewartville, Minn./Mayo) won the meet individually, covering the 8,000-meter course in 26:35.1.
Jeffrey Quednow (Sr.-Rib Lake, Wis) finished seventh in a time of of 26:50.3, Jordan Rathke (So.-Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) finished eighth in 26:54.5 and Matt Cyra (Fr.-Eagle, Wis./Mukwonago) finished ninth in 26:55.3.
The attention for the Blugolds now turns completely on the NCAA Regionals, as the top-eight on the women's team, who didn't run Friday, will attempt to qualify for the 2013 NCAA Division III Championship. The regional meet, hosted by Augustana in Rock Island, Ill., will take place next Saturday.