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Syracuse runners garner first championship

2015 Division I Men’s Cross Country

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek captures his third consecutive individual cross country national championship. JOE ROBBINS / NCAA PHOTOS

The Results

TEAM SCORES

1st: Syracuse, 82

2nd: Colorado, 91

3rd: Stanford, 151

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

1st: Edward Cheserek, Oregon, 28:45.8

2nd: Patrick Tiernan, Villanova, 29:11.1

3rd: Pierce Murphy, Colorado, 29:37.0

ELITE 90 HONOREE

Christian Heymsfield, Arkansas

Syracuse University returned five of its top seven runners from last year’s squad that placed fifth at the NCAA championships – the highest finish for the program since 1957.

Still, the national spotlight remained affixed on the handful of teams that have consistently churned out top talent in the sport. But Syracuse head coach Chris Fox and his staff  have been working to change that ever since they arrived on campus 11 years ago and began rebuilding a program that didn’t regularly qualify for the NCAA championships. This year, three individual top-10 finishes at the NCAA championships on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky, helped push the Orange to the program’s first national championship win in its 64-year history.

“Eleven years ago we said we were here for one reason, and that’s a national championship,” Fox said. “That’s the way we designed things. We said we’re going to be relentless and we’re not going to stop until we get it.”