TERRA HAUTE, Ind. — The Portland Pilots men’s cross country team finished 10th at the 2019 NCAA Championships on a cold and rainy Saturday morning at the Lavern Gibson Championships Cross Country Course.

“It was a great year. I’m really proud of how hard the entire team worked and how well they supported and encouraged each other. Point-wise, we really weren’t that far out of fifth place. The conditions were just so difficult it was hard to do much after the halfway point in the race,” coach Rob Conner said. “Everyone hung tough, however, and got us a top-10 national finish which is something special even if our goals were set higher.”

Senior Caleb Webb was Portland’s top finisher, earning All-America honors with his performance. He finished the 10K in 31 minutes, 13.5 seconds for 31st place, earning his first All-American recognition. 

Next to cross the line was Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse in 31:29.9, who was out in front for the Pilots in the beginning parts of the race. Roudolff-Levisse just missed earning All-American, placing 49th overall. 

Five of Portland’s seven runners were making their first appearance at the national meet. Michael Teran-Solano (78th), Evert Silva (98th) and Riley Osen (114th) scored for the Pilots, while Reuben Kiprono (133rd) and Joe Horen (186th) ran solid races as well.

Osen is a former Winfield High School standout and a two-time KSHSAA Class 4A State champion. 

This was the 20th NCAA Championships appearance for the Pilots, and the 10th top-10 team finish. Webb is Portland’s 22nd All-American honoree at the NCAA meet.

The 10th-place finish caps an impressive season that featured Portland winning its third straight NCAA West Region team title. Roudolff-Levisse, Silva, Teran-Solano, Osen and Horen each garnered All-West Region honors.

 NCAA Championships

Nov. 23 at Terra Haute, Indiana

 

Team Scores

1. Brigham Young 109; 2. Northern Arizona 163; 3. Colorado 164; 4. Iowa State 211; 5. Tulsa 243; 6. Stanford 248; 7. Michigan 250; 8. Notre Dame 269; 9. Oregon 307; 10. Portland 314; 11. Purdue 338; 12. Iona 348; 13. Indiana 367; 14. Furman 279; 15. Harvard 284; 16. Utah State 428; 17. Virginia Tech 451; 18. Wisconsin 462; 19. Washington 466; 20. Virginia 468; 21. Boise State 525; 22. Mississippi 535; 23. Villanova 556; 24. Alabama 582; 25. Texas 588; 26. North Carolina State 605; 27. Syracuse 610; 28. Georgetown 676; 29. Florida State 694; 30. Arkansas 728; 31. Middle Tennessee State 865.

Portland — 31. Caleb Webb 31:13.5; 49. Emmanuel Roudolff-Levisse 31:29.9; 78. Michael Teran-Solano 31:46.0; 98. Evert Silva 31:58.7; 114. Riley Osen 32:05.6; 133. Reuben Kiprono 32:14.0; 186. Joe Horen 32:48.1.

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