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Eutectic cross country coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin.

Eutectic cross country head coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin in August. The six or seven meets on the schedule are held on weekends. The conference championship takes place in November.

Eutectics Finish Seventh in KIAC

James Lidy followed by Peter Jaeger.
James Lidy followed by Peter Jaeger.
Photo by Briana Hepfinger

The Eutectic men’s cross country team finished the 2013 season on Saturday, Nov. 9, with a seventh-place finish of eight teams at the KIAC championships in Midway, Ky. While spectators may have enjoyed the scenery on the course that ran near horse farms, running it was another matter. The soft ground and rolling hills made it difficult to find good footing and forced slower finishing times for the 8K race.

In trying to qualify for nationals, STLCOP’s No. 1 runner, third-year Matt McKenzie, literally ran himself to exhaustion, collapsing on the course with only 400 meters to go. He eventually crossed the finish line as STLCOP’s eighth runner, unable to score for the Eutectics.

The loss of McKenzie would drop the Eutectics from a fourth to seventh-place finish, but the rest of the STLCOP team continued to fight. Third-year James Lidy was the first Eutectic to cross the finish line in 16th place, narrowly missing all-conference honors and national qualification with a time of 29:07. Second-years Peter and Fred Jaeger were 26th and 27th at 29:48 and 29:51. Second-year Jerrett Marcuson finished in 38th place for the Euts with a time of 30:53 and first-year Derrick Barnett cracked the Eutectic top five with a time of 31:51 in 47th place. First-year Ben Spitznagel was the only Eutectic to PR on the course, beating his previous 8K time by more than 20 seconds and finishing as the seventh Eutectic in 57th place at 33:32.

Most of the Eutectic team will continue training to compete in the indoor track and field season beginning in January.

10.21.13 STLCOP Wins Springfield Invitational 

9.30.13 Men Take Fifth at Maryville; McKenzie Named KIAC Runner of the Week  

9.16.13 Eutectics Finish Strong at XC Festival

9.2.13 Euts Compete Well at First Meet

8.23.13 Men's Cross Country Team Boasts Experience

11.18.12 McKenzie and Pollmann Compete at Nationals

11.03.12 Eutectics Finish Fifth in KIAC

10.20.12 Eutectics Shatter Season PRs at the St. Louis Fall Classic

10.13.12 Eutectics Win Non-Division I Team Title at Evansville

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