Trevor Albert (JR/Eldon, IA) collects Heart of America First-Team All-Conference honors after finishing 10th at the conference meet held at Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri.
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Albert ran a time of 26:46.64 which helped him finish 10th overall individually and lead his team to a fifth-place finish out of 12 teams. Head Coach Jerry Monner was very impressed with Albert’s performance at the meet and throughout the season, “He has been a great leader all season. The milage he put in this summer and discipline he had with his training and preparation throughout the season really paid off for him.”
The women’s cross-country team traveled down to Central Methodist University and the Fayette Golf Course to compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.
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Michaela Barretta (SR/Indianola, IA) led the Vikings in the conference championship, finishing 31st overall with a time of 21:33.3. A pair of Vikings finished back to back with Chloe Greig (FR/Bettendorf, IA) and Megan Smoldt (FR/Ankeny, IA) crossing the finish line in 44th and 45th place. Allie Flaws (SR/Webster City, IA) crossed the finish line in 60th place overall with a time of 22:55.4. Rounding out the top 5 finishers for the Vikings is Paige Thompson (FR/Sigourney, IA) in 68th place.
Peaking at the right time was the order of the day during a mild early November afternoon at Dordt University Saturday, Nov. 9.
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With the opportunity for individual and team honors as well as advancement to the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Championships Friday, Nov. 22, head coach David Nash‘s Morningside College men’s and women’s cross-country teams put the pedal to the metal on the DU course. As the dust settled, the Mustangs found themselves tacking another year of successive first five team finishes. For the men, who’s 102-point total eased them past Northwestern College for third and finished behind the host Defenders (28) and Doane University (44), it was good for an 11th straight residence, and the women, cracking the top four with 119 points, doing so for the fifth straight season.
“Overall, we’re so happy (with what occurred),” Nash said. “Being honest, there was a time, for the men, where we didn’t know what might happen in the team standings as one of the guys was out sick, but they dug deep and when we heard we were third, we went crazy. It’s somewhat uncharted territory for us to finish that high, so there was a reason for celebration.
The women were just as impressive, as you had Jo, who was only running 100s and 200s in track, continuing to drop her lifetime best and Emmalee who struggled a little last season but has worked really hard through the summer and fall and had another strong race today,” he added. “The entire day was just a lot of fun.”
Individually, the Maroon managed to punch at least three tickets to the Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Washington state for the national meet. The potential for a fourth hangs in the balance with the official field announcement Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The women’s tandem of senior Emmalee Fundermann (Anthon, Iowa) and sophomore Jo McKibben (SO/Mapleton, IA) (Mapleton, Iowa) continued their impressive season strides by each winding up in the best 10. McKibben took seventh, taking the proverbial sledgehammer to her previous season-best by over 22 seconds (19:10.6 – 19:32.8 at Mount Marty Oct. 26), while Fundermann crossed the line one place behind her hometown friend in eighth, dropping six seconds off her previous top 2019 mark (19:15.2 – 19:21.5) which occurred during the regular season Dordt meet.
Mside’s men were led by junior Ro Paschal (JR/Mancos, Colo.) (Mancos, Colo.). He clocked a 25:40.7, good for fifth, to take more than 11 seconds off his 25:51.9 at DU early last month. Fellow Class of 2021 member Connor Ritz (JR/Sioux City, IA), a Sioux City native, also etched himself into the top 10, running to a 25:48.4 to place ninth and obliterate his previous season-low mark of 26:14 flat by almost 26 seconds.
Digging deeper, junior Zach Ambrose (JR/Dunlap, IA) (Dunlap, Iowa) made it three in the first 20 (26:26.09). Morningside’s women wound up with three in the top 30, as senior Alex George (Seward, Neb.) ended 28th (19:52.88).
The Dordt Defender women’s cross country team finished second in GPAC Championship run in Sioux Center on Saturday morning, November 9.
Dordt totaled 48 points while Concordia had 39 to win the title.
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The Defenders were led by Olivia Couch and Sarah Wensink who finished first and third with times of 18:20 and 18:44. Eden Winslow finished sixth in 19:09. All three earned all-GPAC honors for their performances.
Jordan Bos and Brenna Tolkamp completed Dordt’s scoring with 17th and 21st place finishes in respective times of 19:30 and 19:39.
DORDT’S TOP SEVEN
Olivia Couch 1st/18:20
Sarah Wensink 3rd/18:44
Eden Winslow 6th/19:09
Jordan Bos 17th/19:30
Brenna Tolkamp 21st/19:39
Mary Kate Postma 24th/19:48
Annika Brands 38th/20:16
Olivia Couch is the fourth Dordt women’s runner to claim an individual title as she joins Jen Kempers (2008), Michelle Steiger (2010) and Annecheina Knevelbaard (2018) in the elite group.
COACH NATE WOLF SAID
“The Defender women ran a great race today. Having three ladies in the top six and the individual conference champion in Olivia Couch was a solid conference result. Winning the individual championship is a great accomplishment for Olivia and one that she has pursued over her four year career. As a freshman she did not compete on our conference team, but through steady and diligent training and finished All Conference three times and finished higher and higher at the conference meet each year, culminating with this win.”
The Dordt women will secure a berth in the NAIA National Championship in Vancouver, Washington if they remain the top-30 of the NAIA Poll released early next week. Dordt was 22nd in the most recent polling. The National Championship meet will be run on November 22.
The University of Dubuque hosted the American Rivers Conference cross country championships at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.
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Wartburg College won the league title with 19 points. The Knights placed seven of their runners in the top-nine and 10 runners in the top-15.Wartburg was led by individual champion Joe Freiburger who covered the 8K course in 26:47.6.
Luther placed second with 58 points, followed by Loras College with 103. Luther’s second place finish is its highest finish at the conference championship 2011.
Three Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field o f169 runners. Tom Altier finished second, earning all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Altier crossed the finish line with a time of 26:57. Ian Kelly and Dan Iselin earned all-conference honors for the first time. Kelly placed 10th (27:36) and Iselin placed 13th (27:50).
Wartburg College won the championship with 36 points, followed by Luther with 59, and Loras College was third with 65. Luther’s second place finish was it highest finish at the league finale since 2015. The Norse also finished second that year.
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The Knights Corina Collet was the individual champion. Collet covered the 5K course with a time of 19:18.6. Kassie Rosenbum of Loras College was the runner-up clocked at 19:27.2.
Four Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field of 135 runners. Amelia Morrow and Heather Hostager earned all-conference honors for the second time of their careers. Morrow placed sixth (29:21) and Hostager was 13th (20:45.9). Vera Lindhorst, who placed seventh (20:23.3) and Lauren Berg, who placed 15th (20:52.7), received conference medals for the first time.
Two weeks from today, Wartburg College will host the NCAA III Central Regional. This will be the qualifying meet for the NCAA III National Championships. Race time for the women in Waverly, Iowa is slated for Noon.
Anastasia Korzenowski and Alec Bastenled the Golden Gopher cross country program as the Maroon & Gold competed at the 2019 Big Ten Conference Cross Country Championships at Ohio State University Golf Club on Sunday morning.
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The Gopher women placed seventh in the team race with 145 points led by Korzenowski’s seventh-place individual showing. Korzenowski led the Maroon & Gold for the fourth time this season in a career-best 20:27.6 for the six-kilometer course. Abby Kohut-Jackson (24th, 21:01.3), Jaycie Thomsen(30th, 21:10.2), Sarah Werking (40th, career-best 21:15.4), and Lindsey Greenlund (47th, career-best 21:20.4) completed Minnesota’s top five scorers. Michigan State took home the women’s team title with 56 points while Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson defended her B1G individual crown (20:05.4).
Big Ten Championships, Gopher Women’s Results
7. Anastasia Korzenowski, 20:27.6 (PR)
24. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 21:01.3
30. Jaycie Thomsen, 21:10.2
41. Sarah Werking, 21:15.4 (PR)
47. Lindsey Greenlund, 21:20.4 (PR)
61. Carissa Dock, 21:35.5
63. Olivia Hummel, 21:36.9
67. Tate Sweeney, 21:43.7 (Season-Best)
81. Zetta Mason, 22:10.5
With her seventh place finish, Korzenowski earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team. The award marks the first All-B1G award of Korzenowski’s career.
Up Next: Fall Finale/Rocky’s Run/NCAA Midwest Regional
The Gophers split up next weekend with the men running at St. John’s Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 8 and the women hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sunday, Nov. 10. The teams reunite the following weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 15.
Winny Koskei claimed her second consecutive conference title as the Wichita State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday morning.
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Koskei won this meet a year ago, and she repeated her success this year, finishing in first. She crossed the line in 20:15, which nearly beat her season-best time of 20:14.5 from the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
Rebekah Topham finished as the conference runner-up. She outkicked Tulsa’s Caitlin Klopfer down the stretch to finish the 6K in 20:29. That time is a new season best for the steeplechase All-American.
Coach Kirk Hunter said Koskei and Topham executed their plan to perfection.
“We obviously wanted to go 1-2,” Hunter said. “They executed it as perfect as they could’ve. Winny (Koskei) was very dominant. Rebekah (Topham) was in a dog fight with (Caitlin Klopfer) the entire race.
“To get first and second individually is kind of crazy, but they did it. I am so proud of them, and they’re great leaders for our team.”
The Shockers’ one-two punch led the way to a second-place team finish. The Wichita State women finished with 63 points, which was 26 points behind champion Tulsa.
Yazmine Wright earned all-conference honors with a 13th-place finish. She completed the race with a time of 21:03.
Halle Johnson showed her steady improvement was no fluke with a 17th-place finish. At last year’s conference championship, she finished in 52nd.
Abeba Sullivan rounded out the scoring for Wichita State with a 30th-place finish.
Women’s Team Results
1. Tulsa – 37 points
2. Wichita State – 63 points
3. Temple – 83 points
Women’s Individual Results
1. Winny Koskei* – 20:15
2. Rebekah Topham* – 20:29
13. Yazmine Wright* – 21:03
17. Halle Johnson – 21:24
30. Abeba Sullivan – 21:53
47. Danielle Rinn – 22:19
59. Hope Saunders – 22:40
*Denotes All-Conference Honoree
Junior Emily Johnson finished third overall, and the Omaha cross country team took fifth at the Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday.
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Johnson ran a time of 21:19.2 over the 6K course at the Rose Creek Golf Course, giving the Mavericks their best individual finish in the championship since 2012 when Amanda Vorthmann also finished third.
For her top-five finish, Johnson was named First Team All-Summit League, the second straight year she’s earned All-Summit honors.
“This was another solid day for Emily,” said cross country head coach Cliff Cisar. “She hung in with the lead pack right away which put her in the position to have a shot at a top-three finish.
“With 600 meters to go, she made a move that was not answered by her nearest competitors and solidified the top-three finish.”
Heidi Hall ran second for the Mavericks and finished 23rd overall with a time of 22:30.7, a lifetime best.
“Heidi also ran a spectacular race,” Cisar added. “From the gun, she was in the top-25 and continued to fight to stay with those runners.
“This was an impressive jump when compared to how she finished in the conference meet last year. Her continued hard work is on display in every meet.”
Joanna Topham finished the scoring for the Mavericks, finishing 44th with a time of 24:04.5.
As a team, the Mavericks posted a score of 127, running behind North Dakota and ahead of Western Illinois. North Dakota State won the women’s championship with a score of 45, edging South Dakota by three points. South Dakota State was third with 73.
The Mavericks will now prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.
University of Iowa senior Nathan Mylenek placed 10th in the men’s 8,000 meters to earn second-team all-conference honors Sunday at the 2019 Big Ten Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club. The Hawkeye men recorded a 10th place finish with 224 points. The Iowa women placed ninth with 273 points.
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Michigan State clenched the women’s Big Ten Championship title. The Spartans finished with 56 points. The men’s title was won for the second straight year by Wisconsin. The Badgers finished with 56 points.
For the Iowa women, freshman Leah Kralovetz was the top finisher, placing 42nd with a new career best (21:16) in the 6,000 meters. Junior Elyse Prescottalso set a new personal best (21:28) with a 56th place finish.
Mylenek earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, finishing in 24:16. Mylenek jumped up one spot from his 2018 Big Ten Championship finish. Sophomore Konnor Sommer set a new personal best (25:29) in the 8,000 meters.
QUOTING COACH RANDY HASENBANK
“Really excited and happy for Nate. He has matured and continues to get better in championship meets. He was 97th as a freshman in this meet. 11th last year and now 10th. Nate is quietly becoming one of the most decorated distance runners in Iowa’s history, very proud of him.”
“On the men’s side overall, huge disappointment. To this point we had put together a nice season and had high expectations for this Big Ten meet. We need to move forward and get ready for the NCAA regional competition”
“Overall, I thought the women had a very solid meet, perhaps their best meet of the season. A ninth place finish behind 8 nationally ranked teams. We had a nice run by freshman Leah Kralovetz, and Megan, Elyse, and Anna were close together throughout. Kylie had a strong race in the five spot and showed a lot of improvement over last season’s Big Ten race. The women competed very well as a team.”
FIGHT FOR IOWA
- Three Hawkeye women ran personal bests in the 6,000 meters, junior Mary Arch, junior Elyse Prescott, and freshman Leah Kralovetz.
- Senior Nathan Mylenek has been the top Hawkeye finisher for the men for nine straight meets.
The Hawkeyes travel to the NCAA Regional meet in Stillwater, Okla. On Nov. 15
The No. 5 Iowa State men’s cross country team claimed its third-straight Big 12 Championship behind Edwin Kurgat’s second-straight individual Big 12 title. In total the Cyclones placed seven in the top-15 to claim the Big 12 crown for a third straight year.
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ISU’s seven All-Big 12 performers ties for the most at the Big 12 Championship and it is just the third time in Big 12 history that a team has placed seven on the podium (Colorado, 1999, Oklahoma State, 2014, Iowa State, 2019).
Kurgat and Oklahoma State’s Isai Rodriguez were once again locked in a neck-and-neck race for the individual title. The two traded the lead a number of times, but ultimately it was Kurgat who posted an 8k time of 23.36.3 to outlast the Cowboy by three seconds.
Just like the individual title, the men’s Big 12 title was also a tight race until the end. Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead, but it was Iowa State that then captured the lead for most of the race. OSU would regain the lead with 2k remaining. In the end, Iowa State’s final kick down the stretch pushed them past the Cowboys, with the Cyclones’ 34 team points besting OSU’s 58.
Iowa State’s victory was thanks to seven All-Big 12 performances, including four top-10 performances. Addison Dehaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth) and Milo Greder (ninth) claimed top-10 finishes alongside Kurgat. Dehaven posted an 8k time of 23:55.4, followed closely by Johnson (23:58.1) and Greder, (24:00.5).
Dehaven, a Boise State transfer, earned his first All-Big 12 recognition, while Greder is now a three-time All-Big 12 performer and Johnson a two-timer.
Joining those four on the podium were David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th). Too ran the 8k course at Cottonwood Golf Course in 24:03.4, Day in 24:05.3 and Pollard in 24:09.5.
This is the first time that Too and Day stood on the Big 12 podium and Pollard’s third All-Big 12 recognition.
The Cyclones will have a short break before their postseason run continues. Iowa State will next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 15.
1. Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State – 23:36.3
6. Addison Dehaven, Iowa State – 23:55.4
8. Chad Johnson, Iowa State – 23:58.1
9. Milo Greder, Iowa State – 24:00.5
10. David Too, Iowa State – 24:03.4
11. Mitchell Day, Iowa State – 24:05.3
15. Thomas Pollard, Iowa State – 24:09.5
35. Jeffery Pedersen, Iowa State – 25:00.7
51. Jared Schuckman, Iowa State – 25:34.9
1. Iowa State – 34
2. Oklahoma State – 58
3. Texas – 72
4. Kansas – 92
5. Texas Tech – 147
6. Kansas State – 150
7. Baylor – 213
8. Oklahoma – 221
9. TCU – 28
Mizzou Cross Country began the 2019 postseason on Friday morning at the SEC Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. The teams faced off against the rest of the teams in the SEC and fought through two extremely competitive races to earn two solid team finishes.
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©Jim Kirby 2016
The women finished in third place with 159 team points, and the men finished in seventh with 162 points. Junior Sarah Chapman (Maidenhead, England) led the women with an 18th place finish, while redshirt senior Thomas George (Gloucester, England) finished in eighth for the men.
This was the highest finish for the women since the 2016 season, when they finished in third place. A strong push by the Tigers in the middle of the pack solidified the top-three finish for the team. With only 30 points separating third place from ninth place, every point mattered for the Tigers.
The Mizzou women placed five runners in the top 50, including freshman Ginger Murnieks (Lee’s Summit, Missouri). Murnieks was the fourth-fastest freshman to cross the line in the women’s race, earning her All-Freshman honors.
A handful of Mizzou women posted season-best 6K times, including Murnieks, Melissa Menghini (Fenton, Missouri), Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa), Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Missouri). Mikayla Reed (Augusta, Missouri) and Jenna Lutzow (Poplar Grove, Illinois).
Burns on the women: “Our women moved up throughout each lap and came away on top of the 3-9 team race. There were only 30 points that separated 3rd-9th place so every point was important. Sarah got up front and hung on while the rest of the team came charging from further back in the pack. It was great to see Melissa have two excellent races back to back and for Ginger to close hard over the last lap. Jordyn Kleve and Hannah Thomas also came up big over the last lap and helped our team move from 5th to 3rd in the last 1000m. We are really proud of this team and how they have responded to adversity throughout the year. They never stop battling and that trait will suit them well in two weeks at the NCAA Midwest Region Championships”
Mizzou will continue postseason competition as they move to NCAA Regionals in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday, Nov. 15. There they will face off against teams from around the midwest with hopes of qualifying for NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.
WOMEN’S 6K RESULTS – 3rd Place (159 points, 18-28-29-40-44)
18. Sarah Chapman, 20:49.1 // 28. Ginger Murnieks, 21:01.1 // 29. Melissa Menghini 21:03.4 // 42. Jordyn Kleve, 21:20.9 // 48. Hannah Thomas, 21:25.9 // 53. Sophia Racette, 21:29.4 // 56. Mikayla Reed, 21:34.1 // 71. Jenna Lutzow, 21:55.2 // 76 Isabelle Christiansen, 22:00.8 // 82. Jenna Schwartz, 22:09.5 // 101. Emma Roth, 22:37.8 // 114. Tori Findley, 22:54.7 //
Wal Khat and CJ Mayfinished fifth and sixth respectively to earn All-Conference honors and lead the UNI men to a third-place team finish. McKayla Cole finished 12th to earn honorable mention All-Conference honors to lead the UNI women to a sixth-place finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship Saturday in Indiana.
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On the back of Khat and May’s race, the Panthers earned their highest team finish since winning the title in the 2003 race. Khat finished with a time of 25:05.64 May followed closely with a time of 25:12.88. Khat earned All-Conference honors for the second consecutive season.
Redshirt sophomore Drake Henrichs finished 22nd with a time of 25:52.62. Junior Logan Murray notched his season-best time of 26:08.19 for a 29th-place finish. Sophomore Sam McCool closed out the scoring for UNI with a time of 26:13.09 for a 32nd-place finish.
McKayla Cole led the way for Panther women. She earned a 12th-place finish with a time of 18:43.24. Paige Holub finished 35th with a time of 19:30.68. Senior Haylee Lunafinished 39th with a time of 19:44.07. Katie Nimrod recorded a time of 19:58.78 for a 42nd-place finish and Tess Roorda was right behind her in 43rd with a time of 19:59.22 to close out the scoring.
The Panthers next travel to the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Loras College men’s cross country team traveled to Oberlin, Ohio to compete in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble Saturday morning, placing 12th among 39 nationally ranked teams.
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Luke Guttormson was the fastest finisher for Loras in a time of 25:33.6, good for 39th and Patrick Wolak (25:36.6) finished just three seconds behind him to secure the 40th spot. Joey Schultz completed the race in a time of 26:12.2, followed by Cole Conklin-Little with a time of 26:29.8, and Logan Hayes rounded out the scorers with a time of 26:33.9.
Max Ross led the Duhawks in the 8,000-meter open race finishing in a time of 27:28.7, followed by Anthony Kemp in 47th (27:35.4) and Sam Webster in 50th (27:39.7). Drew Brase ran 27:42.1 to place 53rd and Nathan Vail was right in tow, placing 54th with a time of 27:43.1.
Loras returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the American Rivers Conference Tournament, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 10:30 A.M.
Loras College women’s cross country sophomore Kassie Rosenbum led the Duhawks to a tenth place finish at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday, turning in a historic mark to rank her second all-time in Duhawk history for the 6,000-meter race.
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Rosembum placed second overall, crossing the finish line in 21:10.2, while the Duhawks’ next finisher was Audrey Miller in 32nd (22:34.4). Kaylee Osterberger finished in 80th place (23:16.8) and Cam Reeg (23:24.1) and Maeve Dunaway (23:37.1) rounded out Loras’ scoring in 93rd and 112th, respectively.
In the open race, Hannah Insko led the way with a top-20 finish, placing 19th with a time of 24:00.8. Marianne Gleason finished 24th (24:06.2), Morgan Minear (24:20.5) was 31st, Shania Kelly (24:30.3) placed 39th, and Ciera Dietchler placed 46th with a time of 24:43.4.
Loras’ next race will be the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 11 A.M.
Karissa Schweizer hung with the lead pack for the first half of the 5,000 meter run finals, but the first-year pro and Missouri graduate couldn’t stay with the more experienced runners and fell to a ninth-place finish Saturday at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
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The top-10 finish was still an impressive showing from Schweizer, who was the 16th-seeded runner coming into the meet. She was the first American finisher with a time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds, 18 milliseconds, which was 19 seconds behind world champion Kenyan Hellen Obri. Schweizer’s time makes her the fifth-fastest woman in American history in the 5,000 meter run and is the sixth fastest time in American history.
Schweizer was in the thick of the race in the first half and was only one second behind the leaders at the 2,000-meter mark, but she fell behind once the lead pack of six runners made their move in the race’s second half. Schweizer was in the middle of a chase pack with three other women before her ninth-place finish in a field of 15.
Schweizer, who runs now for the Bowerman Track Club, continues her first full year as a professional with her sights set on the U.S Olympic Team Trials next June in Eugene, Ore.
She ran the two fastest times by an American in the 5,000 meter run this year at this week’s world championships, putting her in a good position to make the U.S team at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
After taking just under a month off from racing, the Utah women’s cross country team had a historic day at the 64th annual Joe Piane Invitational on Friday where the Utes took home the team title in one of the program’s best races of all-time.
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In a tight race, Utah battled against the top-ranked team in the nation, Colorado, throughout the race and ultimately was able to come out victorious upsetting Colorado by six points (110-116) at the Burke Golf Course. Utah’s scoring runners placed 11-16-19-27-37 to outscore Colorado’s runners that placed 10-12-20-21-53. In a stacked field, the Utes proved that they could compete with the nation’s best and beat out 11 teams ranked inside the top-30 of the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ poll, which also included five teams inside the top-10.
“Honestly, it was very impressive and it’s awesome to win any meet, let alone a meet of this stature,” said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. “Our kids got out, they were impressive, really ran it well and hung on to bring home the victory.”
Kepler continued, “Certainly, I am very proud of this group. They have believed in each other all season, they’ve come together and it’s just been a pleasure to coach these gals. There is still a lot of season in front of us, but we’re certainly very excited and it’s a great way to start by winning a meet like this one.”
It was a total team effort for Utah on Friday with five scoring runners placing inside the top-40 of the 168 athletes that competed. With six of Utah’s seven competitors running in their first race of the season, the fresh legs were on display as all were able to record new PR’s to push the Utes to the top. Junior Bella Williams had a stellar performance and led the way finishing in 11th with a huge PR time of 16:31.69.
Senior Poppy Tank didn’t waste any time after not competing last season, finishing in 16th overall and second for the Utes in a time of 16:41.53. Senior Sarah Feeny finished three places behind Tank in 19th at 16:42.50. Rounding out the five scorers for Utah were sophomores Cara Woolnough (16:51.58) and Scarlet Dale (16:57.79) placing 27th and 37th, respectively.
Rounding out the Utah runners in the blue race, junior Trina Moreno returned to action for Utah and finished in 90th place (17:28.45) after not competing during the 2018 cross country season, while junior Emma Christensen earned 106th (17:36.84) and senior Sarah Newton completed Utah’s entries in 149th (18:01.81).
#17 Florida State finished in third place (129), #8 North Carolina State in fourth place (139), while #6 Washington (144) rounded out the top five teams.
Utah Runners | 5K (Blue Race)
11. Bella Williams – 16:31.69
16. Poppy Tank – 16:41.53
19. Sarah Feeny – 16:42.50
27. Cara Woolnough – 16:51.58
37. Scarlet Dale – 16:57.79
90. Trina Moreno – 17:28.45
106. Emma Christensen – 17:36.84
149. Sarah Newton – 18:01.81
Top 10 Teams (Blue Race)
1. Utah (RV) – 110
2. #1 Colorado – 116
3. #17 Florida State – 129
4. # 8 North Carolina State – 139
5. #6 Washington – 144
6. #9 Wisconsin – 157
7. #2 New Mexico – 181
8. #12 Notre Dame (Host) – 244
9. #29 Minnesota – 265
10. #14 Ole Miss – 288
The Utes also had seven student-athletes run in the women’s open 5K. Two Utes headed the charge in the open race, led by sophomore Kennedy Powell recording 18th overall with a time of 17.53.20. Just behind Powell, freshman Ellie Lundgreen placed 19th with a time of 17.53.34.
Sophomore Brooke Manson notched a time of 18:07.46 to finish in 29th place, while freshman Grace Burnett crossed the finish line in 18:11.86 to earn 33rd overall. Sophomore Sara Leonard finished in 38th (18:21.31), senior Jade Mulveynotched 43rd place (18:30.13), while freshman Karli Branch placed 60th (18:49.97) to round out Utah’s runners in the open race.
In a field of 130 runners, Utah’s seven placed in the top-60 finishers and all except Leonard clocked in with new PR’s.
Utah cross country will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 12 when the team heads to the Color Country Invitational. Hosted by Southern Utah, the meet will take place in Cedar City, Utah. Fans can follow the Utah cross country program on Twitter (@Utah_trackfield), Facebook (UtahTrackXC) and on Instagram (@UtahTrackXC).
McKayla Cole made her first appearance this season and finished a team-high 36th with a time 22:34.9 to pace the UNI women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish. Wal Khat finished 31st with a time of 25:36.6 to the UNI men to an 11th place finish at the Griak invite in Minneapolis.
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Freshman Cassady Inhs finished 60th with a time of 23:09.1 and Katie Nimrod placed 65th with a time of 23:14.1. Junior Tess Roorda finished the course in a time of 23:18.9 and sophomore Paige Holub closed out the scoring with a time of 23:32.0.
Sophomore Drake Henrichs was second for the Panthers, finishing 52nd with a time of 26:03.6. Junior Logan Murray finished 64th with a time of 26:24.6, sophomore Sam McCool finished with a time of 26:54.9. David Holesinger finished with a time of 27:55.1 and Addy Khalb finished with a time of 28:27.0.
The Panthers are off next week before traveling to the Bradley Classic on Friday, Oct. 18 in Peoria, Ill.