by Lions Sports Information Department
Lincoln University men's cross country team, paced by freshman Isaiah Thomas' eighth place overall finish, took fourth place at the Wilmington University Invitational Saturday morning at Carousel Park in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Lions finished with 90 points, 21 behind third place University of the Sciences. Host Wilmington University won the meet with a score of 24 points.
Thomas, in his collegiate debut, completed the difficult 8,000 meter course in 30:38.66 to earn eighth place overall and take home a medal. His time was the fastest by a Lincoln runner on the Carousel Park course since Kyle Edwards ran 30:33 in 2013.
Deiondre Brown (Coatesville, Pa. / Coatesville) was the Lions second finisher, placing 17th overall with a time of 33:54.29, over two minutes faster than his effort last season at the event. Nicolas Deleon was right behind Brown, placing 18th overall with a time of 34:24.52..
Nathan Heaven (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Munro College, Jamaica), Terrell Wallace (Upper Darby, Pa. / Upper Darby) and Chris Bonds-Minter (Newark, N.J. / North Star Academy College Prep) rounded out the Lions finishers on the day. Heaven placed 22nd overall with a time of 36:12.76 while Wallace was 25th with a time of 37:51.17. Bonds-Minter placed 28th with a time of 40:22.91. all three runners along with Deleon and Thomas were making their collegiate debuts in cross country.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, September 9, 2017 when they compete at the Philadelphia Metro Championship at historic Belmont Plateau. Race time is 1:00 p.m.