TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – University of Minnesota freshman Hunter Lucas punched his ticket for the 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships with a fourth-place finish in the Junior Men’s 8K on Saturday at the USA Cross Country Championships.
A native of Fargo, N.D., Lucas traversed the eight-kilometer course at Apalachee Regional Park in 25:22.0. He’ll now move on to the NACAC Cross Country Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador on Feb. 17.
The 2016 Powerade North Dakota Senior Athlete of the Year and the 2016 North Dakota Class A state cross country champion, Lucas previously won both the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meters at the 2016 USATF Junior Olympic National Championships.
With Lucas earning his bid on Saturday, the Gophers have now been represented at two-straight NACAC Cross Country Championships with Nick Rink finishing eighth last year in Boca Raton, Fla., as the U.S. Under-20 Men’s Team claimed a gold medal.
Six Gophers Earn Academic All-District Nods
5/29/2018 - M. Cross Country
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Temi Ogunrinde, Kiley Sabin, Lindsey Smits, Madeline Strandemo, Derek Wiebke and Alec Basten.
Wagner, Wiebke Earn B1G Medal of Honor
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Wagner and Wiebke were presented with their awards at the 12th annual Golden Goldys on Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium.
Lucas Adds to Resume in El Salvador
2/22/2018 - M. Cross Country
Gopher freshman Hunter Lucas finished 22nd at the 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships in La Libertad, El Salvador.