Ashland University senior Nick Hall went into Saturday (Nov. 19) morning's NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships wanting to better his 2014 nationals performance.
Hall got the job done, crossing the 10K line in St. Leo, Fla., in 30:47.1 to finish 16th individually and earn his second All-American award. His individual placement is the Ashland men's program's highest since Nick Cordes took second at 2002 nationals in Ashland, and he is the program's first multiple All-American since Cordes (1999-2000, 2002).
"Nothing beats giving everything I have for Ashland and everything I believe in," Hall said.
In 2014, Hall, as part of the 10th-place team finish for the AU men, finished 19th individually in 31:11.2 become an All-American for the first time.
Hall stayed in the top 27 throughout Saturday morning's race. He made his move late, moving up nine spots in the race's final 1.2K.
"It got out fast. Fastest start of a race I've ever been a part of, but I positioned myself in the top 10 to avoid the mess of the pack," Hall said. "Fell off regrettably mid-race...and had to dig deep down and realize why I was here. I closed really hard.
"It was a matter of feeling the support all the way from Ohio, and my family who traveled here to pick me up and close."
Earlier in 2016, Hall earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) all-region and first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors. He qualified for nationals by placing second at the Division II Midwest Regional 10K meet in 30:23.03.