LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Southwestern College men's cross country team got a taste of national-level competition Saturday morning at the NAIA Preview meet. Nick Warnke led the Moundbuilders to a 21st-place finish in the 31-team field in the event, which was held at Rim Rock Farm, the site of the 2014 NAIA Cross Country National Championship.

Warnke was Southwestern's top finisher in Saturdays national preview meet. The senior finished the 8k circuit in 27:07.10, and finished 58th out of 300 exclusively NAIA runners in the race. Caleb Jackson crossed the line just over a minute later in 28:10.40, while Brandon Hatch was 16 seconds behind Jackson and finished in 28:26.20.

Taylor Parker and Jersey Boydstun rounded out Southwestern's scoring runners in the race. Parker posted a 28:29.50, while Boydstun stopped the watch in 29:02.30.

Seven other Moundbuilders competed in the race, but their finishes were not calculated in Southwestern's team score.

As a team, Southwestern posted 554 points, and finished 21st in the 31-team field. The Moundbuilders finished 33 points ahead of 22nd-placed McPherson, but trailed 20th-placed Midland by 31 points. Olivet Nazarene won the team championship with 84 team points.

Southwestern will return to action Oct. 25, hosting the annual NAIA Mid-States Classic. The event will take place on the grounds of the Winfield Veterans Home.

NAIA Preview Meet
Southwestern Results
58. Nick Warnke (27:07.10)
118. Caleb Jackson (28:10.40)
137. Brandon Hatch (28:26.20)
141. Taylor Parker (28:29.50)
175. Jersey Boydstun (29:02.30)
181. Keegan Gregg (29:12.40)
237. Devin Hlavenka (30:12.80)
243. Jacob Anders (30:22.70)
247. Zachery Lagunas (30:32.00)
260. Christian Wacker (30:54.20)
275. Isaac Stanley (31:34.00)
294. David Leonard (34:36.60)

Team Scores
1. Olivet Nazarene: 84
2. Aquinas: 85
3. Indiana Wesleyan: 93
4. Taylor: 162
5. Saint Mary: 189
6. Shawnee State: 245
7. Marian: 251
8. Oklahoma Baptist: 257
9. Dordt: 268
10. Concordia (Neb.): 317
11. Wayland Baptist: 342
12. Doane: 358
13. Central Methodist: 392
14. Columbia: 403
15. Cornerstone: 451
16. Friends: 457
17. John Brown: 501
18. Baker: 503
19. Benedictine: 513
20. Midland: 523
21. Southwestern: 554
22. McPherson: 587
23. Kansas Wesleyan: 626
24. William Woods: 631
25. Tabor: 644
26. Rocky Mountain: 651
27. Lindsey Wilson: 691
28. Sterling: 779
29. Grand View: 804
30. Hastings: 889
31. Bethany: 1,010

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