Wirth Closes Out Season at the NCAA Cross Country Championships


Henry Lenhardt

Henry Lenhardt

Assistant, Communications and Strategic Brand Engagement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— Graduate Student Tyler Wirth placed 153rd as the University of Cincinnati’s lone participant at the 2023 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Panorama Farms Cross Country Course.
 
Wirth was the sixth men’s Bearcat in program history to ever compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championships. He placed 153rd out of 236 participants with a time of 31:06.5 in his first-ever career appearance at championships.
 
“It was tough, the course was challenging and pretty dry out there, Wirth said. “Ultimately, I executed my race plan, which was to be conservative and move up throughout the race. I didn’t move up as much as I would have liked, but still happy with the performance.”
 
The Hawley, Pa. native moved up 80 spots over the final 6k of the men’s 10k before crossing the finish line.
 
Wirth qualified for the championships after earning All-Region honors at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional as he placed 14th overall; he was one of four individual qualifiers from the Great Lakes Region to advance to the championships.
 
His performance at the championships capped off his best cross country season of his career. Before Saturday’s race, he had placed as the Bearcats’ top finisher in four of the five meets this season, including beginning the season with his first-ever colligate cross country meet victory as he won the men’s 8k at the RedHawk Rumble.
 
Graham Blanks of Harvard won the individual men’s 10k championship with a time of 28:37.7, while Oklahoma State won the team championship, scoring 49 points and placing all five scores inside the top 15.
 
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