Messiah Senior Tyler Newhook All-Region For Second Straight Year
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New Orleans, LA – The US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recognized over 550 student-athletes that earned All-Region awards for NCAA Division III Cross Country following this weekend’s Regional Championships. Among those recognized was Messiah College senior Tyler Newhook.
Newhook’s All-Region award is his second consecutive following recognition during his junior year.
All-Region honors are determined from Regional Championships, where Newhook finished 26th over the weekend with a time of 26:21. The top 35 runners earn All-Region honors.
While impressive, Newhook’s finish fell just short of qualification into the National Championships that are scheduled for this weekend in Wisconsin. Newhook competed in the National event as a junior, where he finished 89th overall with a time of 25:23.1.
“Tyler went out with the top pack (in the Regionals) and stayed with them as long as he could,” said Messiah head coach Dale Fogelsanger. “We were disappointed that he didn’t qualify for Nationals, but we’re very proud of his performance in the Regionals. He’s an exceptional runner.”
Newhook, a native of Long Pond, Pa., was Messiah’s leader in all eight race this year, finishing 1st place overall in four the events.
“He’s a special young man,” said Fogelsanger. “It’s never a slight to others, but Tyler is one of those athletes you wish your whole team was filled with. He’s such an encouragement to others and it was exciting to hear him say (after the Regionals) that he was just looking forward to indoor track.
“He knows this, too—he’s a stronger middle-distance runner than cross country runner,” said Folgelsanger. “So we’re excited with the indoor track season approaching.”
After a short break from the cross country season, Newhook will look to impress once again on the inside track where he was a All-American in the 800-meter a year ago.