By Kyle Lewis
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Mississippi College’s Evan del Rio set the school record in the 8K at the Gulf South Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 as the Choctaws finished fourth overall at John Hunt Park. MC garnered 121 team points.
Del Rio finished sixth as he posted a time of 24:31.31 and grabbed All-GSC First Team laurels. The Huntsville, Texas, native held the previous record at 24:38.3 set earlier this season on the same course at the UAH Chargers Invitational. It’s the third time in his career del Rio has earned all-conference accolades and his second time on the first team.
Gabe Poulin was the second Choctaw to cross the finish line as he posted a time of 25:34.32 in 23rd place. Cole Benoit was 28th with a time of 26:07.15 followed by Alec Beers in 30th with a 26:23.04.
Adam Gomez turned in a time of 26:35.98 in 34th followed by Chris Webber
in 38th with a collegiate-best time of 26:43.28 and Jake Russell in 40th with a 26:54.21.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville took home the conference crown with 33 points. Lee University took second with 42 points and were led by GSC Individual Champion Christian Noble with a time of 24:08.67. The University of Montevallo finished third with 114 points.
UM’s Joseph Leventry was second among the individuals as he clocked in a time of 24:20.89 while UAH’s Harold LaCroix was third with a time of 24:24.26.
Mississippi College returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 14 as it travels to Lubbock, Texas, for the Division II National Championship Invitational hosted by Lubbock Christian University.