Engelhardt places 51st at NCAA XC Championships

<p><a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/engelhardt_ben00.html">Ben Engelhardt</a> competed in the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday morning and did what he had done all season: compete hard and improve. As the lone representative in the field for Arizona State University, Engelhardt covered the 10,000m course in 30:37.1 to finish 51st overall.</p><separator></separator><p>Engelhardt's finish was by far his best, both based on time and overall finish, in his three career appearances at the national meet. His 51st-place finish is a 112-place improvement from his 2007 race when he finished 162nd overall while his time is an improvement of over one minute from the same year (31:39.0). Overall, his time ranks as the third-fastest in program history in NCAA meets held in Terre Haute, while his overall finish ranks as the ninth-best all-time in program history. He is now one of 10 men that have finished in the Top 55 at the NCAA meet.</p><separator></separator><p>The NCAA event marks the completion of the 2010 cross country season. The next event for the Sun Devil program will be the opening meet of the 2011 indoor track &amp; field season, which comes January 21-22 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the Cherry and Silver Invitational.</p><separator></separator><p><strong>2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships</strong><br /> <em>LaVern Gibson Championship Course • Terre Haute, Ind.</em><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em>ASU Men's Results - 10,000m Race</em></span><br /> 51. <a href="http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/c-xc/mtt/engelhardt_ben00.html">Ben Engelhardt</a> - 30:37.1</p>