RECAP: #UTTyler finishes 19th at NCAA regional

Saturday, November 12, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist ||

ROME, Georgia – The UT Tyler men’s cross country team finished 19th overall with Justin Tokuz and Nathan Adams leading the Patriots on Saturday at the NCAA Division III South/Southeast Regional Championship at the Clara Bowl.

RESULTS: Men's | Women's 

The Patriots earned the berth to the regional meet by winning their seventh straight American Southwest Conference Championship and would finished 19th of 29 with Christopher Newport winning the regional title. Washington & Lee took second to secure its trip to nationals along with CNU. UT Tyler would average a time of 28:22 on the 8K course and finish ahead of UT Dallas which was 20th, Southwestern (21) and Texas Lutheran (22).

“The young team is now ready to roll into a great track season and summer training,” UT Tyler coach Bob Hepler said. “They are already fired up the next cross country season.”

A sophomore from Rockwall, Tokuz led the Patriots for the first time this season by running personal best of 28:03 on Saturday at the regional event to finish 87th overall. He was coming off a seventh-place finish at the ASC Championship and running a 28:14. Adams finished 93rd overall with a time of 28:07, while Gerado Viera ran a 28:24 for 109th in the individual standings of 208 runners at Berry College. A freshman from The Woodlands, Adams produced a strong first year which included leading the Patriots with a third-place finish at the ASC Championship.

A senior who ran at Mesquite Poteet HS, Viera’s cross country career closed on Saturday along with Miles Zeorlin. A Tyler native, Zeorlin ran a 28:39 for the Patriots in his final race. He was 126th after finishing fourth overall at the ASC Championship. Marcus Allen, a freshman from Big Sandy, ran a 28:36 for 122nd while Quinton Bryson ran a 30:21 and Will McIlroy a 31:46 at the regional competition.

The women’s program was represented by junior Rachel Willis and Holly Nohavitza who qualified for the regional meet as individuals. A junior from Hallsville, Willis ran a 25:21 in the 6K race to finish 96th overall. Nohavitza completed the course in 26:02 and in 120th place in her final cross country event. A senior from Portland, Nohavitza finished in front of 97 runners at the regional meet.