Bass Wraps Up Historic Cross Country Career at NCAA Championships
Nov 17, 2018
WINNECONNE, Wis. - University of Dubuque senior and 2018 American Rivers Conference Champion was the lone Spartan to run at the 2018 Division III NCAA Championships on Saturday, finishing in a time of 25:49.1 and 139th place.
On a cold day in Winneconne, Wisconsin, Bass started out in the top third of the pack before he was tripped up and trample by the rest of the runners, dropping him all the way back to second to last. At the first checkpoint, Bass checked in in 201st after running for 7:25.6 and 20 seconds behind the leader. Bass then slowly started to make his push. Over the next two minutes he climbed up ten spots to 191st.
His climb continued, jumping nearly 40 spots by the next checkpoint, which he came in at 16:05. In the next six minutes, Bass jumped to his highest spot of the day as they made the turn towards the finish line, reaching 130th place at the 22:50.7 mark. Bass would not be able to climb any higher after his unfortunate trip up in the beginning, finishing the NCAA Championships in 25:49.1 and in 139th.
North Central cruised to the team title with a low of 43 points as they had the top two individual finishers. The second place team Washington University had 110 team points. UD’s American Rivers Conference Rival finished fifth in the team standings.
Despite not earning All-American honors on Saturday, Bass wraps up his historic UD cross country career as the lone All-American in program history as he was an All-American in 2016 after his 30th place finish. This season alone, Bass became the first Spartan to win the individual conference title since 1962 and finished sixth at the Central Regional to earn All-Region honors.