Louisville, Kentucky—Ahmad Nesbitt officially wrapped up the 2014 North Greenville Cross Country season on Saturday afternoon, finishing 160th out of 245 total runners at the NCAA National Championships, hosted by Bellarmine University.
Teams and individual runners braved wet conditions on Saturday, and a track that was shortened due to its poor condition. "The track was like a slip n' slide," said head coach Cameron Stober. "They actually had to close part of the course because it was so muddy and a lot of the runners were struggling to get their footing, so naturally that made things more difficult."
The race was officially shortened and measured out at 9.65 kilometers, just under six miles as opposed to the normal championship distance of 6.2 miles (10K). Nesbitt finished the day with a total time of 33:09, three minutes behind first place finisher Tabor Stevens who took the title with a time of 30:02.
The track affected all runners including Nesbitt, who finished 20 seconds off of his average mile split. He finished two minutes slower only other 10k time of the season in his only other 10k of the season, which was at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships two weeks ago in Alabama.
Ahmad Nesbitt wrapped up his junior year at NGU as the undisputed leader of the cross-country program, earning three first place finishes as well as a regional championship and a Conference Carolinas Championship.