Shawnee grad Mark Miller, a junior Hillsdale College in Michigan, placed 5th in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference XC Championships, earning first-team all-conference honors.
Miller ran a PR 24:49 over the 8,000-meter course at Laurel School Butler Campus in Russell Township, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. That’s Miller’s fastest 8,000 time for any course. His previous 8,000 PR was a 25:22 earlier this month in a race at Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Miller had placed 16th in the GMAC Championships in each of his first two years at Hillsdale. He was third last spring in the steeplechase and 5,000 at the GMAC Track Championships on his home track in Hillsdale and second in the mile at the indoor GMAC Championships in Findlay, Ohio.
Miller ran 4:16.86 for 1,600 meters at Shawnee.
Teammate Joseph Humes won the race in 24:05, and Miller was the Chargers’ No. 2 runner. Walsh College outscored Hillsdale 35-46 to win the team title. Hillsdale defeated two schools — Malone and Cedarville – that were ranked above them in the most recent Midwest Region poll.
Hillsdale races a week from Saturday at the NCAA Division 2 Midwest Regionals in Evansville, Ind.
With its second-place team finish, Hillsdale went from unranked to No. 8 in the USTFCCA Midwest Region rankings.