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Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
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Schott Finds a New Home

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Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa 2018
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Megan Schott did the unthinkable for an Iowa native and Iowa State student-athlete: trade in her cardinal and gold Cyclone uniform for a black and gold Hawkeye one. She faced her previous harrier teammates at Iowa’s home invitational in August, her début as a Hawkeye.

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“The Hawk meet, I was really nervous,” Schott said. “I knew [Iowa State] was going to be there, and I knew I was going to be wearing all black.”

Schott finished fourth that race behind front-runner and teammate Andrea Shine and two teammates from the past, Iowa State’s Abby Caldwell and Karly Ackley.

The senior made her transfer from Ames to Iowa City after not seeing eye-to-eye with the Cyclone coaching staff. Schott devoted her 2018 spring semester to finishing her course work and graduating early. With no academic baggage, the Des Moines native joined Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank’s squad.

Schott took the summer to transition into the group of Hawkeye harriers so by the time the first practice of the season rolled around, the relative rookie felt as if she had a community.

“I was so psyched to have [Shine] as a training partner,” Schott said. “I felt like we already had that connection, so I walked out to practice and it was really comfortable. I felt like I already had a family.”

The sense of family is already mirrored by the Iowa women.

“[Schott] is a really strong leader,” Shine said. “She helps teach me new ways to approach running as well as the younger girls, so I think that her ability to share her personal experiences and her knowledge of running is impacting the team by giving us all a different and positive outlook on how to approach competitions.”

Schott’s presence has made things happen. The Hawkeye women finished second at the Hawkeye Invitational, third at the Woody Greeno Invitational, and seventh at the competitive Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational.

At this point last year, the average time between Iowa’s first finisher and fifth finisher was 93 seconds. Now, it’s 83 seconds. When harriers are crossing the finish line within milliseconds, a 10-second shrinkage in the gap counts.

UNI Women's Cross Country
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Iowans All Over Panther’s XC Teams

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI  ©Panthers Athletics 2018

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI
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UNI cross country’s Wal Khat earned his third top-15 finish of the season to lead the men’s team to an 11th-place finish at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Course today.

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The women’s team was led by

. The Panthers finished 10th overall. It was the first 6K race for the women this year. Cole placed 48th with a time of 22 minutes, 36.4 seconds. Host No. 23 Minnesota was the team champion.

The women’s team is ranked ninth in the Midwest. Iowa State, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 South Dakota, No. 5

In the men’s 8K race, Khat finished in 12th place in 24:57.60. Junior C.J. May took 69th, leading a tight pack of Panthers. The pack of Ben Ahlrichs, Sam McCool, Alex Jackson and Drake Henrichs finished within 11 seconds from May. The field included 152 finishers.


The Panthers will return to Peoria, Illinois, for the second time this season for the Bradley Classic set for 4 p.m. CT Oct. 12. UNI will finish out its season in Peoria, Illinois, with the MVC Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional.

48. McKayla Cole 22:36.40
52. Gabby Skopec 22:41.10
60. Lucy Conroy 22:51.70
68. Alyssa Williams 23:03.0
70. Tess Roorda 23:05.00
99. Paige Holub 23:42.90
136. Jill Vonnahme 25:10.50


  1. Minnesota 52 – (No. 1 Midwest)
  2. Cal Baptist 82 – (No. 14 in West)
  3. South Dakota 106 – (No. 4 in Midwest)
  4. Harvard 115 – (No. 10 in Northeast)
  5. Montana State 133 – (No. 12 in Mountain)
  6. North Dakota State 173
  7. Cal State Fullerton 173
  8. Rice 184 – (No. 10 in South Central)
  9. South Dakota State 196
  10. UNI 256
  11. North Dakota 290
  12. Creighton 367
  13. Western Illinois 379
  14. Drake 385

12. Wal Khat 24:57.60
69. C.J. May 26:12.60
74. Ben Ahlrichs 26:17.60
75. Sam McCool 26:19. 70
77. Alex Jackson 26:21.20
79. Drake Henrichs 26:23.10
109. Logan Murray 26:54.40
117. Andrew Kephart 27:10.0


  1. Duke 74
  2. Minnesota 77 – (No. 3 Midwest)
  3. Harvard 89 – (No. 10 Northeast)
  4. South Dakota State 132 – (No. 12 Midwest)
  5. Navy 138 – (No. 6 MidAtlantic)
  6. Montana State 145 – (No. 12 Mountain)
  7. Drake 155
  8. Cal Baptist 216
  9. Cal State Fullerton 221
  10. North Dakota State 223
  11. UNI 259
  12. South Dakota 338
  13. Creighton 427
  14. North Dakota 445
  15. Western Illinois 457
Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
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Soto and Schott Lead Hawkeyes

Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-Darren Miller-2016

Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa
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The University of Iowa cross country teams finished seventh in the women’s “blue” 5,000 meters and ninth in the men’s “blue” five mile races at the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

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Seniors Daniel Soto and Andrea Shine led the Hawkeyes in their respective races. Soto bettered his personal best five miles time by more than 30 seconds, clocking in at 24:16.19 to finish 14th, overall. Shine finished the women’s 5,000 meters, placing 15th in 17:10.29 to also break her personal best time by six seconds.

On the women…
“I was excited for our women today. I think every spot in the lineup did better. We competed very well. We beat some very good teams from around the country. We were, again, led by Andie, but the most significant aspect of the race is that we closed gaps. Megan had a very good race in the two spot. Anna was close in the three spot, and three other freshmen impressed me in the four, five, and six spots. Grace raced more aggressively and looked confident out there on the course and Jessica McKee and Kylie Latham were not far behind. A lot of youth the lineup and they did a real nice job.”

On the men…
“Dan Soto continues to impress me. He ran with and beat some very good runners today. What I liked most about Dan’s last two outings is just how fearless he has become.
He is establishing himself early at the front of the races and good things are happening for him. I think he has developed in so many ways over the past year. He was really still building strength and stamina last fall. By the indoor and outdoor season, he ran some very good times in his 3,000 and 10,000 meters. This showed me that he was fit and strong. He took it into the summer and is just getting better and better this fall.”

“As a team, we competed well, not great. I thought we had some nice individual races. Brandon was a lot more aggressive early in the race and that gave him a pretty good result. Overall, I think we would all like to see us execute a little better. We need to run as a pack and be far more aggressive in the first third of the race.

“We had some young men make significant improvement in the open race as Spencer [Smith], Konnor [Sommer] and Jeff [Roberts] all ran well and posted big personal best times.”

The women’s team was led for the third time by seniors Shine and Megan Schott (17:28.99) and were once again followed by a strong freshmen class. Anna Hostetler finished in the third scoring position (17:42.71), Grace McCabe in fourth (18:10.29), and Jessica McKee closed out the final scoring position (18:24.47).


  • Junior Karson Sommer broke his personal best five mile time by one minute and five seconds, moving into the fourth scoring position for the Hawkeyes in 25:10.21.
  • Sophomore Noah Healy also broke his best five mile time by over a minute, scoring in the fifth position (25:25.77).
  • Dan Murphy shaved over 30 seconds off his previous best, finishing the five mile race at 25:32.47.
  • In the women’s 5,000 meters open, Wren Renquist and Mary Arch put up personal best performances with times of 19:14.28 and 19:15.65, respectively. In the men’s five mile open, Jeff Roberts bettered his five mile time by over a minute from last season, crossing in 25:53.46.

The Hawkeyes head in different directions in two weeks as the women compete in the Bradley Invite on Oct.  12 and the men compete on Oct. 13 at the Pre-Nationals meet, hosted by Wisconsin.

Anna Hostetler, Grace McCabe, and Jessica McKee 

Iowans Make Waves With Hawks

 Anna Hostetler-Mid Prairie-Iowa ©Darren 2018

Anna Hostetler-Mid Prairie-Iowa
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The University of Iowa women’s cross country team was in search of roster depth, so head coach Randy Hasenbank added 11 first-year runners in 2018.

Three of them — Anna Hostetler, Grace McCabe, and Jessica McKee — enjoyed success at the highest level in high school…at a variety of distances.
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Hostetler, who won the Iowa Class 2A state cross country title as a junior, was runner-up to her younger sister last fall. The Parnell, Iowa, native helped Mid-Prairie to the state championship. McKee navigated a similar trail. She finished third overall and was the No. 2 runner for Johnston (Iowa), which won the Class 4A state title. McCabe, who is from Clarendon Hills, Illinois, finished 23rd overall and Hinsdale Central placed 10th in Class 3A, the largest class in the state.

201819_24_insertNot only is the rookie trio contending for spots on Iowa’s postseason cross country roster, but their range from 800 to 5,000 meters will bolster Iowa’s indoor and outdoor track teams.

“We put an awful lot of work as a staff into emphasizing improving that piece of our roster,” Hasenbank said. “We want to get back to where we are contributing at a high level in cross country, indoor, and outdoor. We tried to put together a dynamic class.”

Hostetler, who intends on majoring in English, won eight Iowa state high school championships in track and field, one Drake Relays title, and one state cross country championship. Parnell is less than a 40-minute drive to the University of Iowa campus.

“It is exciting being close to home, having meets so close, and being able to have my family and friends come support me,” Hostetler said.

Anna Hostetler has a great resume and is a fantastic runner,” Hasenbank said. “We are looking forward to what she brings to the squad. She is very tough and is willing to train and do whatever it takes to be a champion.”

Hostetler showed her range at the state track meet in May, winning the 800-meter run, the 1,500, and the distance medley relay (800 anchor leg), and placing third in the 3,000.

As a true freshman, she enters an unknown as a Division I collegiate competitor.

“It is hard to know what to expect and where I will be, but contributing to the team and doing well as a team and placing well at meets is a big goal,” Hostetler said. “I’m excited to help that way.”

McCabe, an open major, downshifted distances at her final state track meet and competed solely in relays. She ran a leg on Hinsdale Central’s 4×400 relay team and came back the next day as the Red Devils won the 4×800 relay.

“It is exciting to be in the Big Ten because we watch it on TV and it seems very professional,” McCabe said. “I’m excited to be here and the rest of the girls are nice and talented.”

“Grace is a wonderful young lady and has range that is unusual,” Hasenbank said. “She has run 57 (seconds) in the 400 all way up to 10:45 in the 3,200. It is fun to have someone with that dynamic on the roster. It also reminds athletes that you cannot have just one secret in your toolkit. To be able to endure over the long haul and be strong as an endurance athlete and never ignoring the speed, especially in the Big Ten, that factor plays huge — you have to be able to shift gears and run with pretty talented people. She has a broad skillset.”

Hostetler was coached in high school by her father, Mark. McCabe can take that one step further: her junior high coach was her mother, Sarah, and her high school coach was her father, Mark.

“It’s nice to be able to call someone coach and not mom or dad,” McCabe said. “They were good coaches, I was lucky to live that (running) lifestyle, too.”

At this stage of their careers, McKee appears to be the most distance-oriented of the three. She provided senior leadership a year ago as Johnston rolled to a 44-point victory at the state cross country championships in Iowa’s largest class. Then, on the track, she placed third in the 3,000, fifth in the 1,500, and was a member of the sixth-place 4×800 team.

“The longer the distance, the better,” McKee said. “I will like having the 6K this year in (college) cross country. I want to try the 5K and 10K in track.”

There is something else Hasenbank likes about McKee.

“She has been consistent throughout her career,” he said.

After the first two meets of their collegiate careers, the Hawkeye newcomers have raced at 4,000 meters (Hawkeye Invitational on Aug. 31) and 6,000 meters (Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 15). Hostetler was 14th at the Hawkeye Invitational and 21st at Woody Greeno and she was the third Iowa runner across the line behind seniors Andrea Shine and transfer Megan Schott. McCabe was 15th and 56th overall in the two races, while McKee finished 29th and 50th.

“You have to make sure you’re patient, it’s exciting to think about the potential,” Hasenbank said. “There is a lot of room for opportunity and growth; what I like for the young gals, they get an opportunity to experience sport at a high level versus waiting one, two, or three years to develop. There is opportunity right now in the program where they can get their feet wet and get a feel for what it’s like to run and compete at the next level.”

Iowa returns to action Sept. 28 at the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Racing begins at noon (CT).

Gary Wilson-Minnesota
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The One, The Only Coach Wilson, Inducted Into Griak Hall

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota
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The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics are proud to announce the 2018 Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame class, highlighting four individuals who have made immeasurable contributions to one of the nation’s top cross country meets.

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This year’s inductees are Hassan Mead, Rasa (Michniovaite) Troup, Dave Percival, and Griak Invitational co-founder Gary Wilson.

The 2018 Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame class will be honored during the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational, set for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson served as Minnesota’s women’s cross country head coach for 28 years from 1985 to 2012. During that time, he not only helped establish the annual Roy Griak Invitational but he coached the Gophers to Griak team titles in 1988, 2000, 2007, and 2008. In 1988, all teams ran one race and Wilson’s Gophers scored just 39 points to take home the title. Wilson’s 2000 Gophers scored 98 points for the team title in the Women’s Gold Division I Race, topping runner-up Yale (127 points) and third-place Arizona State (140), as Corinne Nimtz placed fifth and Darja Vasiljeva took eighth to the Maroon & Gold. In 2007, the Gophers again brought home top team honors under Wilson’s direction; Minnesota packed its five scoring runners into the top 30 to score 97 points led by Jamie Cheever in eighth place and Gabriele Anderson in 10th. The Gophers repeated as Griak team champions in 2008 behind top-five individual showings from runner-up Megan Duwell, Anderson (fourth), and Cheever (fifth). Wilson’s athletes’ top performances at the Roy Griak Invitational include individual titles won by Rasa Michiniovaite (1998) and Duwell (2009) as well.

Wilson’s coaching success reaches far beyond the Griak Invitational as he guided the Gophers to 15 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and coached six different Gophers to nine All-America certificates. The 2007 and 2008 Midwest Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year, Wilson led Minnesota cross country to its first two conference titles (2007 and 2008) and three consecutive Midwest Region crowns (2007, 2008, and 2009). He also served as Gopher women’s track & field head coach for 21 seasons before taking on an assistant role starting in 2007. Wilson was part of four Big Ten titles on the track. He was named Coach of the Year for the Big Ten, Midwest Region, and Midwest District in 2006 when Minnesota won the outdoor conference title and Heather Dorniden became the Gophers’ first-ever national champion. Along with his Griak Hall of Fame induction, Wilson is an inductee of the USTFCCCA, University of Minnesota “M” Club, Drake Relays, and UW-La Crosse Halls of Fame, as well as a recipient of the U of M President’s Award for Service.

Minnesota Women's XC 2018
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Iowans Aid Golden Gophers in Bean Town

 Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
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The No. 24 University of Minnesota women’s cross country team placed fourth in the team standings led by top-five individual finishes from runner-up Bethany Hasz and fifth-place finisher Megan Hasz at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown 5K race at Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, Mass., on Friday.

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Bethany Hasz clocked a 5K time of 17:17 as the runner-up in a field of 216 finishers; she was just seven seconds behind individual champion Abbey Wheeler of Providence, who won in 17:10. Megan Hasz finished in 17:21, and Patty O’Brien rounded out Minnesota’s top three finishers in 43rd place overall in 18:04.

The Gophers’ next five runners finished within seven seconds of one another as Olivia Hummel (18:10) and Elyse Prescott (18:12)

 Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
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were Minnesota’s fourth and fifth runners, finishing 55th and 57th, respectively. Abby Kohut-Jackson (18:13), Anastasia Korzenowski (18:17), and Jaycie Thomsen (18:17) were the next three Gophers while Molly Eastman (18:33) and Jaycie Thomsen (18:36) also finished together.

Ole Miss took home the team title with 102 points ahead of runner-up Georgia Tech with 105 points. Utah (161), No. 24 Minnesota (162), and No. 27 Dartmouth (168) completed the top five teams, finishing within seven points of one another. Despite having the individual champion in Wheeler, No. 11 Providence placed 11th while No. 22 Syracuse was ninth in the 24-team field.

In the open race, Carissa Dock finished as the female runner-up in 18:31 while Tate Sweeney placed fourth in 18:41.

Minnesota returns to action by hosting the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Course on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Jack Johnson Division I Women’s Gold Competition is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., and the meet begins with the Suzy Wilson Women’s Maroon Competition (Division II and Division III) at 9:30 a.m.

Battle in Beantown 5K Results
2. Bethany Hasz, 17:17
5. Megan Hasz, 17:21
43. Patty O’Brien, 18:04
55. Olivia Hummel, 18:10 (PR)
57. Elyse Prescott, 18:12
59. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 18:13
66. Anastasia Korzenowski, 18:17 (PR)
67. Jaycie Thomsen, 18:17 (PR)
90. Molly Eastman, 18:33
94. Zetta Mason, 18:36

Battle in Beantown Open 5K Results
2. Carissa Dock, 18:31 (PR)
4. Tate Sweeney, 18:41 (PR)

Arkansas Men's XC Team 2018
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Marion’s Murphy Helps Razorbacks

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas
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The No. 14 Razorbacks cross country team did not disappoint its home crowd, claiming the team title with a score of 38-points Saturday morning at the Chile pepper Festival hosted at Agri Park.

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“I thought it was a good opener for our full team,” said head coach Chris Bucknam. ” Obviously, goal number one was to win the meet, and we did that. We saw some guys in a uniform for the first time in cross country today. Gilbert Boit did an outstanding job; I thought our redshirt-freshman Ryan Murphy who was our No. 3 guy and finished fourth in the race did an outstanding job as well; I’m very pleased with him. This is the earliest we’ve ever run the Chile Pepper. The course was a little soft after the rain last night, but this time of year and where we’re at with our training, I thought it was a good opener for our team. We still have a lot of work to do, our spread from 1-5 will need to be cut down, but we have three weeks before Penn State. I know the culture of this group, and they’re going to work awfully hard to get ready for the Penn State National, and the SEC meet. It’s great to be on our home course; there was a lot of energy today, we’re fortunate to have such a great venue with the Chile Pepper.”

Gilbert Boit (24:05.8) led the Razorbacks with a second-place finish, just four one-hundredths of a second off the first-place finisher former Razorback Frankline Tonui who crossed the line in 24 minutes, 5.8 seconds.

Arkansas’ No. 2 was senior Cameron Griffith who finished third in 24:23.0. Rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks were Ryan Murphy (24:28.7), Matt Young (25:01.9), and Ethan Moehn (25:08.8) in fourth, 18th, and 24th-place, respectively.

“This time of year we’re not too worried about the details, we have a macro type of scope on our performances at this point in the season,” said Bucknam. “We’re going to get a lot better, we just have to stay healthy and work hard,” Bucknam finished.

Karson and Konner Sommer
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Hawkeye Brothers in Arms

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2018

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa
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It’s not uncommon for family members to share similar passions, and the Sommer brothers, Karson and Konnor, are no different. The Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School graduates have reconnected in 2018, competing for the University of Iowa cross country team.

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Karson is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, entering his junior season. Konnor is a freshman, eager and willing to learn from his big brother.

“The best part of having my brother on the team is that I already had a friend here, which helped me integrate easier into the team,” Konnor said. “It is nice to have someone on the team whom I can easily relate to and get along with.”

While Konnor sees comfort in Karson, the oldest Sommer uses his younger brother as motivation.

“Being the older brother, I don’t want to let Konnor beat me in any race, or even in a workout or in mileage,” Karson said. “Having been on the same high school team for two years, there has always been a driving factor to push each other to be better.”

The brothers leaned on and pushed each other during the offseason and first few weeks of the year, when Karson was unable to train with the team due to a summer job, and Konnor was evolving his running toward collegiate-level workouts.

“The majority of this summer, I went for my runs alone or with Konnor, which helped me on days where I might have felt less motivated after a day of work,” Karson said. “I think we will be able to help each other with training and support each other’s pursuits throughout our time in college. Being able to compete in college with a brother as a teammate is an experience that not very many people get to experience, and I look forward to the next few years.”

The brothers come to running naturally. Their father, Kevin Sommer, competed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a sprinter and jumper.

“(Our dad) ran in college and continued to race competitively after college,” Karson said. “He competed in shorter races and horizontal jumps in high school and early in his college career, and enjoyed success as a distance runner after college. I think he wanted to push me toward distance running early so that I would have the opportunity to enjoy the sport in high school and college.”

The brothers have ran together since they were in fifth and seventh grade, respectively, as members of the Mississippi Valley Track Club. They’ve been pushing each other since, but the level of competition has increased, and they have surrounded themselves with a collection of talent that has upped the ante.

“We have a great group of guys that show up every day ready to put in the work that is going to help them at the end of the season,” Karson said. “One of the best things is having so many guys to run with, whether we are out on a run, a workout, or during a race. I also think it’s great that the team always has a positive outlook and high goals. We have outlined some goals as a team, and I think we are taking the steps to achieve those goals.”

Konnor echoes his brother’s outlook and says it pushes him to contribute.

“As a freshman I want to successfully make the transition from high school running to Division I running,” Konnor said. “I want to be a teammate who is supportive and reliable, someone who will put in the work each day to push myself and my teammates to excel and exceed expectations.”

The Hawkeyes return to the course Sept. 28 at the Notre Dame Invite. It is the first of three more regular season meets before the postseason begins Oct. 28 at the Big Ten Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Drake Stadium

Bulldogs Win Big at OZ

Maximilian Fridrich-Drake ©Bulldogs Athletics 2018

Maximilian Fridrich-Drake
©Bulldogs Athletics 2018

Drake University sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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Fridrich won Friday’s Oz Memorial by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 20:09.6 on the 4-mile course at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Course. He pulled away from the 42-man field with athletes from Minnesota, Minnesota St., and Concordia-St. Paul to win the event.

Fridrich, who is the returning MVC Cross Country Freshman of the Year, bested his Oz Memorial time from last season by more than a minute.

Fridrich and the Bulldogs have two weeks off from competition to train for their next event, the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, also hosted by Minnesota, Sept. 29.

Mizzou's Iowans: Hannah Thomas-Dowling, Kate Smith-Ankeny Centenial, Jordon Kleve, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling
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Kleve Off to a Great Start For 2018

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou and Jamie Kempfer-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics-2017

Jordyn Kleve-Johnston-Mizzou and Jamie Kempfer-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics-2017

The Mizzou Cross Country team opened its season on Saturday at the Brooks Twilight Classic in Memphis, Tenn., as the women’s team took first place while the men’s team place second. Junior Melissa Menghini (Fenton, Mo.) placed second at the meet, and was the top attached scorer, while five other Tigers placed in the top-five. Redshirt junior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) finished first for Mizzou and third overall to pace the men.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Mizzou’s Iowans: Hannah Thomas-Dowling, Kate Smith-Ankeny Centenial, Jordon Kleve, Karissa Schweizer-Dowling©Mizzou Athletics 2016



Menghini paced the Tigers in the women’s race, crossing the finish line at 17:46.88, while five other Tigers placed in the top-10, including three freshman. Freshman Mikayla Reed (Washington, Mo.) finished sixth at 18:13.89, while freshman Tori Findley (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished seventh at 18:14.26, redshirt junior Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Mo.) eighth at 18:14.47, redshirt junior Jordyn Kleve (Urbandale, Iowa) ninth at 18:29.41 and freshman Reilly Revord (Hinsdale, Ill.) 10th at 18:34.02.

For the men, George crossed the finish line at 20:14.04 in a four-mile race, while junior Kieran Wood (Cambridge, U.K.) finished eighth at 20:36.15.


Mizzou will next run in two weekends at the Illinois State Invitational, Friday, Sept. 14, in Normal, Ill., at 5 p.m. (CT). It will be the second of five regular season meets for Mizzou before opening the postseason at the SEC Championships on Oct. 26, at Auburn, Ala.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

WOMEN’S 5K RESULTS – 1st Place (31 points, 1-6-7-8-9-10-18)
1. Melissa Menghini, 17:46.88 // 6. Mikayla Reed, 18:13.89 // 7. Tori Findley, 18:14.26 // 8. Sophia Racette, 18:14.47 // 9. Jordyn Kleve, 18:29.41 // 10. Reilly Revord, 18:34.02 // 18. Emma Roth, 18:51.74 // 27. Lexi Maddox, 19:04.31 // 29. Jenna Lutzow, 19:08.65 // 32. Karina Liz, 19:12.42 // 40. Samantha Farmer, 19:19.85 // 46. Kayla Glowacki, 19:36.06 // 54. Kayla Funkenbusch, 19:45.94 // 56. Shannon Browning, 19:49.09 // 70. Abby Hake, 20:07.50 // 71. Susan Forbis, 20:09.27 // 88. Lilly Hamilton, 20:40.53 // 93. Erica Rideout, 20:52.71 // 117. Faramola Shonekan, 21:38.88

MEN’S 4-MILE RESULTS – 2nd Place (71 points, 3-8-17-21-22-31-42)
3. Thomas George, 20:14.04 // 8. Kieran Wood, 20:36.15 // 17. Oaklee Hauschild, 20:52.82 // 21. Stephen Mugeche, 20:58.26 // 22. Michael Widmann, 20:58.45 // 31. Evan Schulte, 21:18.87// 43. Jacob Schweiss, 21:32.06 // 42. Justin Loquercio, 21:44.41 // 60. Chris Conrad, 21:54.68 // 76. Robert Kuhlmann, 22:19.14 // 83. Dylan Quisenberry, 22:25.09