The SDSU menâ€™s cross country team made history on Friday afternoon as Trent Lusignan qualified as the first Jackrabbit to make the NCAA D-I Cross Country Championships. Lusignan added to his stellar junior year as he placed second overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Lusignan clocked in for a final time of 30:30.3. As a team, the Jackrabbits finished 10th overall at the meet.
Lusignanâ€™s 10k time is a new personal best for him as he set the highest finish for an SDSU runner at the Midwest Regional meet. He also tied The Summit Leagueâ€™s highest finish at any regional race.
“Itâ€™s better than what I was expecting, noted Lusignan on his second place finish. “I didnâ€™t think I could take second at the regional, who knows where I will be next weekend.â€ť â€śLike I showed today, I am better than I think I am.â€ť
â€śIt was a very exciting race, he ran tremendously smart and made the move when he had to break things up and secure himself a position,” noted head coach Rod DeHaven on Lusignanâ€™s second place finish.â€ť He showed a lot of savvy and poise, it is a nerve racking thing to not only lead your team, but to run against a bunch of other guys at a high level, guys that are national collegiate record holders, guys that are going to run on Olympic teams for their countries.â€ť
â€śTo get second in this meet is a great accomplishment and it is a huge accomplishment to make the national meet as an individual as it is not an easy thing,” stated DeHaven.
On the team as a whole DeHaven said, â€śWe ran solid today, we didnâ€™t knock it out of the park, but we did alright.â€ť â€śI think we can build on that a lot of the guys in this race will join us again in the future.â€ť