When and Where: November 18, 2017 – Evansville, Ind. (Angel Mounds)
Results: Tyler McLaren – 43rd/249
Senior Tyler McLaren (Pepperell, Mass.) closed out one of the most decorated careers in Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country history at the NCAA Division II National Championship meet on Saturday. McLaren finished No. 43 overall in a field of 249 runners in a time of 32:02.8, which is the highest finish by a Penmen student-athlete at the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship.
Senior James Ngandu of Tiffin University captured the individual title after traversing the 10,000-meter course in 30:18.8. Adams State University claimed its 25th National Championship and 13th at the Division II level after totaling 44 points as a team. The Grizzlies were followed by Grand Valley State University (64), Colorado School of Mines (85), Western State Colorado University (215) and Cal Baptist (229).
McLaren, who became just the second Southern New Hampshire University men's cross country student-athlete to compete in the National Championship, finished 32 spots higher than the previous top Penmen finisher, Nacho Hernando-Angulo '17. McLaren became the first three-time United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honoree in program history, and is the only Penmen to ever be receive All-Northeast-10 Conference accolades on three occasions. He is tied for the best finish in school history at both the NCAA East Regional and Northeast-10 Conference Championship, and has produced 10 of the top-20 8-kilometer times in school history.
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