CUTTER EARNS ALL-SUMMIT HONORS ON FINAL DAY OF LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 17, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
Final Results (.pdf)
FARGO, N.D. - IUPUI men's track standout Ryan Cutter earned All-Summit League honors for the second straight year, finishing as the league runner-up in the 1,500m event on Saturday (May 17) on the final day of the league's outdoor championships at the Ellig Sports Complex. It was the second straight year Cutter was the league's runner up in the 1,500m race.
Cutter finishes just more than a second behind NDSU's Alec Espeland in the 1,500m race, while edging South Dakota's Jeffrey Mettler for the second spot. Cutter finished in a time of 3:53.61, placing second of 14 runners.
"Cut ran a great race. It was a little breezy and the race itself was a little tactical, but he ran well," IUPUI Head Coach Chuck Koeppen said. "He may have started his kick a little late, but (Espeland) just had another gear.
"Cutter ran well and so did Westfall."
Junior Nathan Westfall ran a two-second personal record time of 3:57.64, placing sixth overall to also contribute to the team's point total. Sophomore Mitch Hubner was tenth at 3:59.79.
In the 5,000m race, the Jaguars seemed to have two or three runners primed to finish among the top eight, but it didn't come to fruition. Senior J.D. Smith was the Jaguars' top finisher in a time of 15:21.10, leaving him ninth of 29 runners. For Smith, it capped a rare triple as the Carmel-native threw the javelin on Thursday and competed in the 3,000m steeplechase on Friday.
Freshmen Abiel Mogos and Sammy Tebeje were 16th and 17th, respectively, running times of 15:39.52 and 15:41.04. Classmate Damon Pruett had his best showing of the outdoor season, running a time of 15:44.15 to place 19th.
As a team, IUPUI finished fifth of the five teams competing with 22 points while South Dakota and North Dakota State finished tied for the top spot at 260 points apiece. The versatile Smith will be the most noticable absence from next year's roster as the bulk of the squad is expected to return. In addition, the Jaguars' will be bolstered by the return of Joey Zielinski, who missed the entire track season due to injury.