Ben Schmeckpeper Finishes Eighth at 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships
Nov. 20, 2004
COLFAX, Wis. - The NCAA Division III Regional Runner of the Year, Ben Schmeckpeper added a second All-America citation to his growing list of career accolades this past weekend. The MIT senior and Wisconsin native earned the national distinction after finishing eighth overall at the NCAA Championships with the time of 24:49.
The return home was nothing but sweet for Schmeckpeper, who matched the second-highest finish ever at NCAA's by an MIT harrier in the last 20 years. Dan Feldman finished fourth overall in 2001, while Jesse Darley equaled Schmeckpeper's eighth-place effort in 1995.
Josh Moen of Wartburg College repeated as NCAA Champion, breaking the tape in 24:28. Schmeckpeper was thinking nothing but Gold during Saturday's race, a strategy that potentially cost several places toward the finish as fifth place crossed the line less than a second ahead of Tech's lone NCAA rep.
The 2004 team championship went to Calvin College, which won easily despite not having any runners in the top 10. The top individual finish among the top five teams was sixth place, a testament to Schmeckpeper's strength on the national scene.