JOPLIN, MO--Lees-McRae senior cross country student-athlete Lewis Martin finished his career with the school's best performance at a National Cross Country Championships as he finished 55th out of 185 runners at the NCAA DII Championships in Joplin, MO this past Saturday.
Martin, a red-shirt senior from Charlottesville, VA, stuck to the race plan and finished in a time of 32:09 and 55th place, just 10 spots out of the qualifying mark of All-American honors.
"I really thought he saved his best for last," said Coach Craig McPhail. "He paced himself well and got into a position to take advantage of those who might have gone out too fast."
"It is also a tribute to his hard work and dedication over his career as he leaves with this performance," McPhail said.
Martin is one of the most decorated Lees-McRae College cross country runners of all time as he is a member of the All-CVAC All-Time team, was a 3 time All-Southeast, 4-time All-Conference, while earning Freshman of the Year and Runner of the Year honors.
This marks the third time a Bobcat team or athlete has competed at the NCAA DII National Championship as he joins Derick Williamson and the men's team of 2001.
For complete race results, CLICK HERE.