AMHERST, N.Y. – The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) men's cross country team took 11th place of 23 team at Saturday's 2017 NCAA DII East Region Cross Country Championships from Audubon Golf Course in Amherst, N.Y. The 10-kilometer race is held to determine the region's three national championship-qualifying teams, as well as three national championship-qualifying individuals.
The Rams finished with a total time of 3:01.28 for an average time of 36:17 in the 10-kilometer event.
Graduate transfer Milan Duka came in 12th overall of 159 runners. Duka finished the 10-kilometer in wet and muddy conditions with a time of 34:03.1 for a 5:28.8 mile pace. He was the highest finisher ever at the meet for a Philadelphia University/Jefferson runner since the school added the cross country program in 2005. Duka missed making the NCAA national championships by about 25 second behind the last individual qualifier. The previous highest program finish was Tim Malloy (19th) and Eric Lacey (20th) in the 2013 East Region in Boston.