Watson, Gash Become First Student-Athletes to Compete at NCAA Cross Country Championships

Watson, Gash Become First Student-Athletes to Compete at NCAA Cross Country Championships

ELSAH, Ill. - Sophomore Patrick Watson and junior Langston Gash became the first student-athletes in program history to compete at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, which were hosted by Principia College.

Watson clocked a personal-best 8k time of 25:18.73 on the challenging Principia North Farm course, which gave him 70th place overall out of 279 competitors. 

Gash turned in a solid time of 25:48.75 to finish 161st.

Darin Lau of Wisconsin - Eau Claire won the individual championship after running a 24:03.59. North Central (Ill.) won the team championship with a score of 57. 

Watson and Gash, who are the first student-athletes in program history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, led the Stevenson men's cross country team to its best finish in both the MAC Championships (2nd) and NCAA Mideast Regionals (7th). Each runner also earned All-MAC First Team honors this season, with Watson and Gash placing second and fifth overall at the MAC Championships.