The University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's cross country team came away with a third-place finish with 92 points at the WIAC championships at Cole Acres Golf Course in Cuba City, Wis. hosted by UW-Platteville.
Senior Derek Fahrenkrug led the Pioneers, placing ninth in a time of 25:16.6, and freshman Ian LaMere came in close behind in a time of 25:23.3 placing 11th. Both earned second team all-conference honors. Sophomores Joel Walden and Sam Poser were 17th, 25:35.0, and 26th in a time of 25:52.6. Also scoring for the Pioneers was Matt Kocak finishing 29th with a time of 25:54.9. Other finishers were sophomores Matt Borneman, coming in 36th in 26:11.3, and Chris Czech, 44th in 26:35.7.
UW-LaCrosse captured the team title with 30 points. UW-Eau Claire was runner up with 89 points.
Tim Nelson of UW-Stout caught the lead and began to pull away from the rest of the field early never relinquishing first place, in a time of 24:34.2. UW-LaCrosse's Josh Dedering finished second in 24:59.7 followed by UW-Oshkosh's John Dewitt with a time of 25:04.5.
For four straight years, the Pioneers have finished in the top three at the WIAC Cross Country Championships.
For complete results visit the WIAC website at: http://www.wiacsports.com/sports/2012/9/21/MXC_0921122519.aspx?path=wcross
The Pioneers will go on to compete at the NCAA Regional Meet Nov. 10 on the Winneconne Golf Course in Oshkosh, Wis.