Marshall Top Moments of 2011-12: #4
Matt Schiffbauer Qualifies for NCAA Championships
June 25, 2012
As the 2011-2012 Marshall athletics season comes to a close, HerdZone.com is taking a look back at some of the top moments of the past year. Several exciting moments took place for Marshall during the most recent season, and we did our best to select the top 10 noteworthy moments.
Here is an overview of the No. 4 moment of 2011-12 for Marshall Athletics:
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Although it may be an anomaly of sorts for a lesser-known sport like cross country to crack the top-five on Marshall University’s Top-10 Moments of the Year list, the performance of senior runner Matt Schiffbauer at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional was well-worthy for both its significance and excitement-level.
The Morgantown, W.Va., native had paced the Thundering Herd men’s cross country team for a majority of the season, finishing first-overall at the Evansville Invitational and sixth-overall at the C-USA Championships. What Schiffbauer managed to accomplish at the regionals, though, few could have predicted.
Finding himself one spot outside of a top-10 finish that would guarantee him a place at the NCAA Championships, Schiffbauer turned on the jets during the final stretch of the grueling 10k race to surpass Penn State’s Vince McNally by a mere .1 seconds. Finishing in 10th place, the Herd senior qualified for nationals by the skin of his teeth and extended his successful career by another meet.
The significance of Schiffbauer’s exciting qualification did not stop there, though. By earning his way to the NCAA Championships, Schiffbauer became the first Marshall runner since Kim Nutter in 1979 to qualify for the sport’s biggest stage. Even though his career would end with a 149th place finish at the NCAA meet, the senior’s performance at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional was well-worthy of its No. 4 ranking.