Our second countdown of the summer is the #StormTop10 Moments, highlighting the top team, single-season and career efforts of 2016-17. The list was voted on by the Simpson coaching staff and will be unveiled each weekday.
#StormTop10 Moments No. 6: Men's cross country posts second-best regional finish since 1996
The Storm men's cross country team had one of its best performances of the season on the biggest stage, placing 13th of 30 teams at the season-ending NCAA Central Region Championship in Northfield, Minn. on Nov. 12.
The performance matched Simpson's 2015 effort, tying for the program's second-best finish at a regional meet since 1996. The only time Simpson has placed higher in that span was in 2011 when the Storm took 11th.
A pair of seniors paced the Storm followed by a quintet of underclassmen.
Blake Willadsen led the team for the second year in a row, placing 46th in the field of 207. Ethan Pellegrino wasn't far behind in 69th place, the best regional finish of his career.
Behind the senior duo were sophomore Trey Thompson (70th), junior Ian McKenzie (85th), freshmen Levi Lefebure (103rd) and Luke Evans (123rd) and sophomore Logan Egeland (127th).
No. 10: Baseball walks off twice / Wrestling beats BV on last-second pin
No. 9: Women's swimming breaks 12-year old relay record
No. 8: Women's basketball extends winning streak against Central
No. 7: Men's basketball comes back to beat Central in closing seconds
No. 6: Men's cross country posts second-best regional finish since 1996