Weekend Wrap-Up!

Katie Flood Meaghen Nelson and Betsy Saina
Courtesy Michael Scott

It was a BIG weekend, to say the least, in collegiate Cross Country.  Teams are finalizing who is going to run “varsity” at their respective conference championships.  They are “chasing” points to assure qualifying  to Nationals as an at large team if they do not get an automatic qualifying spot at regional’s; and many of them are deciding if they should go ahead and redshirt a particular athlete and start planning for next season.  There were four very important meets this weekend that involved Iowa colleges or universities and former Iowa preps: The Adidas Invitational at Madison, Wisconsin.  The Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, The Bradley Classic in Peoria and the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invite hosted by UW-LaCrosse.  The Adidas meet in Madison, boasted having  20 D-1 women’s teams ranked in the top 30 in their 48 team field and the men had 21 of the top 30 in their field of 46.

Teams in the competition with Iowa preps running for them were:  Women’s team champion Iowa State, Arizona State, Washington, Minnesota and Iowa. Iowa State was the only men’s team with Iowa preps. Drake and UNI ran very well at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois.  At Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Drake and Iowa competed with former Iowa preps on their rosters.

The top D-3 meet in the Midwest held this weekend was the Drews/Neubauer meet at Wisconsin, LaCrosse.  Our state was very well represented by Central, Luther, Wartburg, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Grinnell, Simpson Buena Vista and Cornell.

At the Adidas Invitational, the Iowa State women showed once again that they will be a force to be reckoned with at the NCAA Championships in Louisville on November 17!  Betsy Saina (2nd) and Meaghan Nelson, CR Xavier (4th) led the charge as the Cyclones literally ran away with the title.  The Cyclones, defending Big 12 champions, run four former Iowa preps in their top 7.  The Iowa State men finished 16th.  For the complete ISU story, courtesy of ISU Athletics: CLICK HERE! 

The University of Iowa women, without their number one runner Kayla Beattie, ran with two former Iowa preps, Kelsey Hart, West Branch and Courtney Martin, Ames, on their “A” squad and finished 37th at Adidas.  For the complete Iowa story courtesy of Iowa Athletics CLICK HERE!

Former Sioux City East state champion, Shelby Houlihan, had an outstanding day in Madison.  Houlihan, the number one runner for the

Shelby Houlihan-SC East-ASU
Courtesy Michael Scott

Sun Devils ran the fastest time ever for a ASU athlete and finished 13th overall.  The sophomore standout ran 19:58 to break the schools all time best of 19:59 set by ASU Olympian Amy Hastings.  Houlihan has been the number one runner for Arizona State in every meet so far, in her 2 year career.  For the complete story courtesy of ASU Athletics  CLICK HERE! 

Former Dowling state champ, and University of Washington 1500 meters champion, Katie Flood, finished a somewhat disappointing 29th at the Adidas meet, but still led the Huskies to a fourth place team finish.  For the complete story courtesy of Husky Athletics CLICK HERE!

At the Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky and Iowa ran with former Iowa preps toeing the starting line.

  • Drake ran 4 men in the “Unseeded race” and ran very well.  Brogan Austin, Boone ran 24:41 and finished 15th to lead the Bulldogs. Courtesy of Drake Athletics CLICK HERE!
  • Iowa finished 33rd at Pre-Nats and got good performances from Iowans Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa and Ben Witt, Burlington.
  • Courtesy of Iowa Athletics CLICK HERE!
  • Seniors from Waukon, Brett Egan and Scotti Schon, paced the UNI Panthers to fine finishes at the Bradley Classic in Peoria, Illinois.
  • Egan finished 6th overall in the Men’s race and Schon was 11th for the women.
  • Courtesy of UNI Athletics CLICK HERE!
  • The Drake Men’s “B” squad finished 13th at Bradley:
  • Courtesy of Drake Athletics CLICK HERE!

At the always competitive Jim Drews/Tori Youngbauer Invitational at UW LaCrosse, Iowans did extremely well!  Wartburg’s Alan Enabnit, Clear Lake, won the individual title and led her team to a 2nd place finish. On the Men’s side, Iowa Central’s Stanley Kebeni won the individual title.  Central’s Eli Horton, SE Polk, was the top finisher for former Iowa preps, coming in 2nd and leading the Dutch to an impressive 3rd place finish in the Men’s competition. Iowa teams in the competition: Iowa Central Community College, Grinnell, Iowa Lakes, Simpson, Buena Vista, Cornell, Wartburg, Central and Luther

Results courtesy of UW LaCrosse Athletics  MENS RESULTS CLICK HERE! AND WOMEN’S CLICK HERE!


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