Oberlin, Ohio - Led by four finishes in the top nine, 32nd-ranked DePauw totaled 40 points and took first at the North Coast Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championships. Allegheny was second with 59 and Wabash third with 79. The title was DePauw's first in men's cross country since beginning conference competition in 2011. DePauw's last conference title in the sport came in 2006 in the Southern Colleigate Athletic Conference.
Polo Burguete was second in 24:43.4 behind individual champion Dominic Patacsil who won in 24:34.9. Two more Tigers earned first team all-conference honors as Paul Christian was fifth in 25:00.8 and Zach Batt seventh in 25:33.2.
Cole Martin was a second team all-NCAC honoree after placing ninth in 25:44.1, while Nick Meszaros was honorable mention in 17th in 26:17.3. Kyle Munz placed 27th (26:34.6) and Pierce Sheehan was 36th (26:48.2).
DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen was named the NCAC Coach of the Year.
"The guys really wanted to win this championship," Stoffregen said.
"To have four guys in the top 10 showed how much they wanted it. Great race for seniors Polo Burguete and Nick Meszaros. Polo ran a PR to finish second and Nick ran a very inspired race as our fifth man. This meet gives us great momentum going into regionals."
DePauw returns to the course on Saturday, November 11, at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional in Powell, Ohio.