The SDSU men’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.
Lusignan’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 League’s highest finish at any regional race.
“It’s better than what I was expecting, noted Lusignan on his second place finish. “I didn’t think I could take second at the regional, who knows where I will be next weekend.” “Like I showed today, I am better than I think I am.”
“It 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 Lusignan’s second place finish.” 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.”
“To 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, “We ran solid today, we didn’t knock it out of the park, but we did alright.” “I think we can build on that a lot of the guys in this race will join us again in the future.”