Newport News, Va.-University of the Ozarks freshman cross country runner Ryan Holt set the new 8K school record and finished 13th at the NCAA III South/Southeast Regional Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.
Holt, a native of Belfast, Ireland, now owns the new 8K record after running a 25:38.17. Holt broke the previous record held by Jeremy Provence, who ran a 25:54.19 at the ASC Championships in 2011. At the NCAA III Regional, Holt was the first American Southwest Conference runner to cross the finish line and was named All-Region by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for finishing in the top-35. Centre's John Kieffer won the race running a 24:32.82. 174 runners participated in the race.
1. John Kieffer Centre 24:32.8
2. Chad Norton (Guilford) 24:41.8
3. Ryan James (Berry) 24:56.2
4. Luke Sohl (Bridgewater) 25:10.3
5. Andris Goncarovs (Guilford) 25:10.5
6. Ryan Taylor (Shenandoah) 25:10.7
7. David Cason (Guilford) 25:13.4
8. Eddie Mulder (Emory) 25:17.4
9. Alex Noel (Rhodes) 25:28.4
10. Anthony McBride (Lynchburg) 25:31.4
11. Ryan Gehman (Eastern Mennonite) 25:32.3
12. Eric Beyerle (Centre) 25:33.6
13. Ryan Holt (Ozarks) 25:38.2