Hawks’ Lewis and Witt Shine in Pre-Nats

Kevin Lewis-Ottumwa-Iowa
Courtesy Michael Scott

The University of Iowa men’s cross country team finished 33rd out of 40 teams at the Pre-National Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Hawkeyes turned in a team score of 782. The 8,000-meter event was held at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.


Iowa’s top three finishers all recorded sub 25-minute times. Senior captain Nick Holmes crossed the finish line first for the Hawkeyes. Holmes clocked a time of 24:18 to finish 81st overall. Junior Jon Michael Brandt followed crossing the line in 24:40 to earn a 127th place finish, while freshman Anthony Gregorio posted a time of 24:59 to finish 164th.  Sophomores Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa (189th; 25:09) andBen Witt, Burlington (221st; 25:32) rounded out the Hawkeye scoring.


“I am particularly happy with our top three finishers (Holmes, Brandt, and Gregorio),” said men’s cross country coach Larry Wieczorek.

Ben Witt-Burlington-Iowa
Courtesy Michael Scott

“We have three pieces of the puzzle, and if we can get the fourth and fifth men there then I think we will be an improved team by the Big Ten Championships.”


The Hawkeyes will have a week off before heading to the Big Ten Cross Country Championships in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State University will host the event. The Championships will be held at the Forest Akers East Golf Course.


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