TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Cold temperatures and tough winds Saturday didn’t stop Gabe Arias-Sheridan from making history, as the junior finished among the top-50 at the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
No matter his finish, Arias-Sheridan made program history Saturday as the first-ever Saint Mary’s cross country runner to compete at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship. He finished 47th with a 10-kilometer time of 30 minutes, 31.3 seconds, against sub-40 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures and 15-20 mph winds.
Arias-Sheridan was just seven spots and 3.6 seconds away from earning a spot in the top-40 and being named an All-American. Arias-Sheridan was the 12th individual to cross the finish line, beating out 26 others. He was among the top-10 of West Region competitors for the second straight race after finishing seventh at the NCAA Division I West Regional on Nov. 11. He was the fourth West Coast Conference finisher, defeating every Portland runner and all but two BYU runners. 2016 WCC Individual Champion Alex Short of San Francisco finished 22nd.
Arias-Sheridan’s appearance Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championship continues a streak of history-making for him. Last spring, he was one of two Gaels to become the first-ever Saint Mary’s qualifiers and participants at the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Regional.
Arias-Sheridan and the rest of the Gaels now prepare for the 2017 track season, beginning in February.
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