Westminster cross-country: Lange sets Westminster record by placing 28th at NAIA National Championships

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23 2013 4:30 p.m. MST

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Oliver Lange of the Westminster College men’s cross-country team completed his Griffin career by placing 28th in a field of 313 at the 58th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross-Country National Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.

Lange completed the 8-kilometer course with a time of 25:09.39 to record the best finish at the NAIA National Championships by a Westminster runner. The senior bested his time of 25:25 at least season’s national race and improved his finish by 43 positions.

The most decorated runner in the history of the cross-country program at Westminster, Lange will be named a NAIA All-American when the team is officially announced next week. When that happens, Lange will become the first Griffin to receive the honor in cross-country.

Oklahoma City brought home the team title at the 58th Annual NAIA Men’s Cross-Country National Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. The Stars, who were ranked No. 5 nationally in the final regular-season poll, ran a combined 8-kilometer time of 2:05:11 and accumulated 77 total points to best the 32-team field.

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