November 20, 2010

Salukombo places 29th at NCAA Championship, repeats as All-American

Denison University junior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood) placed 29th out of 279 runners at the 2010 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship from the Max Cross Country Course on the campus of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

Salukombo covered the 8K course in 24:50.5 and his 29th place finish secured him his second All-American certificate of his already impressive career.  A three-year qualifier for the national championship race, Salukombo moved up four spots from last year's 33rd place showing.  He is now tied with Joe Dunham (1998-99) as the only two-time All-American in Denison men's cross country history.

This showing caps off another outstanding cross country season for Salukombo.  He finished the race with the third best time among North Coast Athletic Conference competitors and was just 28 seconds off the winning pace set by Anders Hulleberg of Hanover College.  This season Salukombo won three individual meet championships, highlighted by his second All-Ohio Championship.  He placed third at the NCAC Championship in Crawfordsville, Ind. and placed 4th out of 240 runners at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional last weekend in Holland, Mich.

Salukombo now owns the third and fourth best individual performance in NCAA Men's Cross Country Championship history.  Dunham still holds the top two performances with a 20th place finish in 1998 and a 21st place finish in 1999.