Reid Buchanan, a former Manhattan High standout and junior cross country runner at Kansas, has qualified for the NCAA championships, finishing 12th at the Midwest Regional race in Ames, Iowa, last Friday.
Buchanan is the first Jayhawk since 2010 to advance to the season’s final race to be run Saturday in Terra Haute, Ind.
The junior finished the 10k race in a time of 30:34.5, which was good enough for 12th overall, but was the fourth-best time among athletes not on a qualifying team, sending Buchanan to next week’s championships.
Making the race even more impressive for Buchanan was that he finished it without a right shoe after losing it in the race’s first 4 minutes. The wardrobe malfunction didn’t slow him down, as Buchanan not only was the highest finisher for the Jayhawks in the last three years, but also set a personal best on the 10k course.
Both the men’s and women’s KU teams finished in the top five for the first time in a decade, but only Buchanan will be making the trip to the NCAA championships.
The men’s 10k race on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terra Haute is set to begin at 11 a.m.