LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Southern Virginia University's Mike Myers concluded his historic senior season Saturday morning at the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships, placing 98th overall in the loaded field of competition.
Myers made program history on his trip to Louisville, becoming the first to compete there against the stiffest competition Division III has to offer. He previously added to his historic season after several weeks ago winning the men's programs first individual Capital Athletic Conference Championship.
The 2019 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships offered a total of 32 total teams and an incredible 279 total runners in the field.
Myers 98th overall finish places him in the top third in the country. He recorded an impressive time of 25.26.6 on the 8K course.
"I'm grateful to be able to compete at the highest level and represent the University," said Myers. "It's exciting to race against the best runners in the country and realize I deserve to be here just as much as they do. I feel proud of my career of running cross country at Southern Virginia and hope that the ones who come after me go even further."
Myers opened the first 1K of the race at 3:07.9 while currently positioned 120th overall. At the 3K mark, Myers had moved up coming in at 9:17.6 and now in 85th. He entered the 4K, picking off nine runners to move into 76th overall and clocking in at 12:43.1. Myers highest place of the race came at the 6.4K split as he found himself 70th overall and a current time of 20:14.0.
"Mike ran a strong race in very muddy conditions and competed very well being as high as about 70th place," said head coach Kyle Chandler. "To finish top 100 in his first time at the National meet is quite an accomplishment. I'm so proud of his dedication and determination to run to the best of his ability."
Myers was the fourth runner in from the South/Southeast region to finish the race and was the first runner in from a Virginia school.
"After Mike's race, we were chatting about what he experienced and learned," said Chandler. "It was fun to see his animation and excitement over the race and what he learned that he could apply to future races, and in life."