Senior Mark Fairley raced to 26th place at the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships in Elsah, Ill., becoming the sixth Central runner to gain all-America distinction and the fourth since 2013.
He finished the 8,000-meter race in 24:48.87. Fairley, who earlier captured the NCAA Central Region title at Northfield, Minn., was joined by senior Tanner Rathje at the national meet.
Central was ninth in the 29-team regional but a disappointing sixth at the Iowa Conference meet.
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