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by Christian Friis, HPU cross country coach

Iacovelli, appearing at his first NCAA Championship ever, showed that there is a reason why he has been leading the West Region. With his usual, cool tactical overview, Iacovelli started out placed in the low 30s and slowly moved up through the field for the next four miles.

“ I could see the next group of guys right up there,” said Iacovelli, “but they just didn’t come back as I had hoped.”

With two miles to go, Iacovelli found his place in the field and finished a strong 19 in a new personal record 30:01.3 min. Iacovelli’s average mile split was 4:51 min., which would bring him through five miles in 24:15 min., another personal record.

“ This was a great race,” Iacovelli said of his first time at the Nationals, “and then I earned All-American Honors.

“ This was a great way to finish off my college career,” Iacovelli added.

Iacovelli is the 10th runner representing HPU at the NCAA Cross Country Championships since 1998, but the first American, and the first Hawai‘i-born runner to participate in the NCAA Cross Country Championships for HPU.

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