TERRE HAUTE, Ind. --- Portland's Scott Fauble is an All-American for the third straight year and the Pilots made history on Saturday with a third-place finish at the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships at the LaVern Gibson Course. It's the best finish at the NCAA's in Portland program history.
Fauble was solid on the 10k course as he remained near the head of the lead pack for the majority of the race. He'd cruise to the finish in a time of 30:34.4, good for 12th overall. The redshirt-senior was 13th at the NCAA Championships as a junior a year ago.
Not far behind Fauble was teammate Reid Buchanan, a senior who finished 26th overall to also earn All-America status. Buchanan was with the lead pack for most of the race and he posted a time of 30:46.6.
The Pilots as a team were fourth at the 3000 meter split, eighth at 5000 meters and seventh at 8000 before finishing strong. Portland combined for a team score of 175 to finish in the top three.
Colorado wins its second straight national title with a score of 65, while Stanford was second with 98 points. Northern Arizona was just behind the Pilots with 188 points and Syracuse rounded on the top five with 206 points. Oregon was well back of the Pilots in sixth place.
Another senior for Portland, Timo Goehler, was the next finisher behind Buchanan, traversing the course in a time of 31:02.7. Goehler just missed All-American honors with a 44th-place finish. Redshirt-sophomore Danny Martinez placed 59th with a time of 31:11.0 and Woody Kincaid gave Portland five finishers in the top 70, placing 70th overall with a time of 31:17.0.
The Pilots are one of only four teams in the country to finish in the top 14 at the NCAA's for eight consecutive years, joining Northern Arizona, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State. Portland's previous best finish was seventh, which happened in 2001, 2008 and 2013.
BYU finished 16th overall. Senior Steve Flint led the way for the Cougars, finishing 67th overall with a time of 31:15.1 on the 10K course.