Conference Wrap-up!

THE BIG TEN

Iowa

  • University of Iowa graduate student Mareike Schrulle recorded a second place finish at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships on Sunday. Both UI teams earned 10th place finishes. The event was hosted by Michigan State University at the Forest Akers East Golf Course.  Michigan won the 6,000-meter women’s event with a team score of 55. Schrulle paced the Hawkeyes. The graduate student crossed the line in 20:17 to finish second overall. Junior Megan Ranegar (50th; 21:29), senior Nicole Benson (51st; 21:29), senior Kelsey Hart, West Branch, (54th; 21:35), and freshmen Cindy Saliba (71st; 22:06), Lisa Gordon (76th; 22:21), and Courtney Martin, Ames, (77th; 22:27) rounded out the Hawkeye lineup. The Hawkeyes recorded a team score of 228.

Megan Ranegar-Iowa
Courtesy Michael Scott

“It was an outstanding day for Mareike (Schrulle),” said head women’s cross country coach Layne Anderson. “Our inability to overcome injuries today really kept us from being the type of competitive team we expected. We needed Kayla (Beattie) in the lineup and a healthy Megan Ranegar to race to our true potential.”  Wisconsin took the men’s 8,000-meter team title with a team score of 33. Senior Nick Holmes was the first finisher for the Hawkeyes. Holmes crossed the line in 24:34 to finish 31st.

  • Sophomore Ben Witt, Burlington (50th; 24:55), junior Jon Michael Brandt (59th; 25:07), sophomore Kevin Lewis, Ottumwa (62nd; 25:13), and freshmen Caleb Wilfong (65th; 25:17), Anthony Gregorio (67th; 25:28), Taylor Soltys (68th; 25:30), and Sam Chaney, Columbus Community (90th; 26:00) rounded out the Hawkeye lineup. The men posted a team score of 267.
  • The Hawkeyes will return to action Nov. 9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo

Minnesota

  •  The Golden Gopher cross country team finished fourth at the Big Ten Championships in East Lansing, Mich. As she has all season, Laura Docherty paced the team. She finished ninth individually.
  • The Gophers’ fourth-place finish matched their ranking entering the meet. With 134 points, they came in behind Michigan (55), Michigan State (75), and Penn State (96).
  • “You always want to beat people,” assistant coach Sarah Hessersaid. “We were hoping to pick off a few other teams, but we certainly didn’t underperform.”
  • Docherty will earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors with her ninth-place showing. Her time of 20:35.4 just edged out Michigan State’s Amanda Eccleston (20:35.5). Docherty put herself in the top group of runners right from the start.
  • “She did a heck of a job,” Hesser said. “She got passed by a few kids at the end, but she has come so far since the start of her career. She’s making strides every meet, and she has good racing sense. She could have a chance to race some of the same girls at the national meet.”
  • Molly Kayfes (21:00.7) and Katie Moraczewski (21:01.0) finished less than a second apart in 26th and 27th. The pair worked well together, but ended up in front of the second pack when the top group split. Ashlie Decker and Maggie Bollig also finished close together to round out the Gopher scorers.
  • Liz Berkholtz, Rachel Drake, Kelli Budd, and Jamie Piepenburg also competed for Minnesota.
  • “We maybe went out a little too hard at the start,” Hesser said. “But I’m proud of the way the girls ran. We will need to tweet a few things for regionals, but nothing drastic.”

Betsy Saina-Iowa State
Courtesy Micael Scott

BIG TWELVE

  • Iowa State seniors Betsy Saina and Meaghan Nelson, CR Xavier, ran to a 1-2 finish to pace the dominant second-ranked Cyclone women to a second straight Big 12 Championship team title Saturday on the Jimmy Clay Golf Course.  The Iowa State men finished fifth. Oklahoma State won the men’s title.
  • Iowa State repeated as women’s conference champions for the first time since winning the first five Big Eight Conference titles from 1975-79. Saina, who covered the 6,000-meter course in 20:06.8, became Iowa State’s first conference cross country individual champion since Dorthe Rassmussen won the Big Eight title in 1981. Nelson was right behind in 20:10.2. Iowa State’s team score of 34 far out-distanced second place Oklahoma State’s final tally of 81.
  • It was a team effort as the Cyclone women’s top five all finished among the top 15 placers to earn all-conference honors. Freshman Crystal Nelson was eighth in 20:47.6 and junior Samantha Bluske was ninth in 20:52.3. Cyclone Katy Moen, Wapsie Valley, rounded out the top five with a 14th-place effort, finishing in 21:20.4.
  • Iowa State head cross country coach Corey Ihmels said it was a strong performance despite his team not being at their best form.
  • “There was not anybody on our team that felt really good going into the race and even afterward, everybody said they felt less than 100 percent,” Ihmels said. “Still, I am out of adjectives to use for Betsy and Meghan, they are our leaders as they showed again today. Crystal Nelson did really well for a freshman today and I thought our depth was impressive today all the way through the team.”
  • The Iowa State men, ranked 25th nationally, were led by 14th-place finisher (24:18.9) Mohamed Hrezi, a junior. Sophomores Alex Dillenbeck finished (24:45.5) and Edward Kemboi (24:52.9) placed 27th and 29th, respectively for the Cyclones. Junior Falko Zauber (25:04.4) was 37th, freshman Brian Llamas (25:06.3) was 38th and sophomore Edwin Sereum (25:06.4) was 39th for the Cyclones, who have placed at least fifth in the league for the past seven years.
  • “I was a little disappointed about the men today,” Ihmels said. “We let Kansas get in their ahead of us but this is a day that we can build on heading into the Midwest Regional.”
  • The Cyclone compete next at the NCAA Midwest Regional Nov. 9 in Springfield, Mo.

Women’s Team Scores:

  • 1. IOWA STATE, 34; 2. Oklahoma State, 81; 3. Texas, 87; 4. West Virginia, 115; 5. Texas Christian, 153; 6. Kansas State, 168; 7. Kansas, 173; 8. Baylor, 183; 9. Oklahoma, 229; 10. Texas Tech, 262
  • Womens Individual Results:
  • 1. Betsy Saina, IOWA STATE, 20:06.8; 2. Meaghan Nelson, CR Xavier, IOWA STATE, 20:10.2; 8. Crystal Nelson, IOWA STATE, 20:47.6; 9. Samantha Bluske, IOWA STATE, 20:52.3; 14. Katy Moen, Wapsie Valley, IOWA STATE, 21:20.4; 16. Taylor Petersen, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, IOWA STATE, 21:31.7; 18. Colleen Riley, IOWA STATE, 21:34.7; 33. Bethany Olson, South Hamilton, IOWA STATE, 21:58.9; 38. Anna Buenneke, Oelwein, IOWA STATE, 22.11.2; 39. Maggie Gannon, IOWA STATE, 22:12.2

Men’s Team Scores:

  • 1. Oklahoma State, 24; 2. Texas, 56; 3. Oklahoma, 62; 4. Kansas, 121; 5. IOWA STATE, 137; 6. Texas Tech, 154; 7. Baylor, 216; 8. Kansas State, 233; 9. Texas Christian, 282
  • Men’s Individual Results:
  • 1. Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech, 22:52.8; 14. Mohamed Hrezi, IOWA STATE, 24:18.9; 29. Alex Dilenbeck, IOWA STATE, 24:45.5; 31. Edward Kemboi, IOWA STATE, 24:52.9; 37. Falko Zauber, IOWA STATE, 25:04.4; 38. Brian Llamas, IOWA STATE, 25:06.3; 39. Edwin Serem, IOWA STATE, 25:06.4;46. Charlie Paul, Pleasant Valley,IOWA STATE, 25:25.0; 55. Besu Shannon-Tamrat, IOWA STATE, 26.08.0; 60. Stephen Saylor, IOWA STATE, 26:32.4

Wartburg Men

THE IOWA CONFERENCE

Wartburg
  • The Wartbueg Women were the class of the Iowa Conference, Saturday, winning another league title, behind an impressive performance by All American Alan Enabnit, Clear Lake. CLICK HERE!
  • The Wartburg men put up a good fight and ended up in fourth place at the Iowa Conference Championships Saturday.  Sam Read, Marion and Chase Moser, Wapello, paced the Knights with their All Conference performances. CLICK HERE!

Eli Horton and Cole Decker lead the Central College Men’s Team

Central College

  • The Central men won their first ever Iowa Conference Cross Country title Saturday as native Iowans finished 1-2-3 for the Dutch.  Eli Horton, SE Polk won the individual title to lead Central to an impressive low score of 33.  Head Coach Joe Dunham was named league Coach of the Year. CLICK HERE!
MAC CONFERENCE
  • The Northern Illinois cross country team finished in 11th place Saturday morning at the MAC Championships in Grand Island, N.Y.
  •  The Huskies totaled 277 points on the day, beating out Western Michigan in the final standings. Toledo won the women’s title for the fifth consecutive year, beating out Miami (Ohio) and Ohio for the conference crown.
  •  “Today’s performance was well below our expectations and our capabilities,” said NIU head coach Greg Hipp. “We have made tremendous improvements all season and to run as we did today is tough to handle. I’m confident our program will reach great levels soon, (but) we just have to bring out level of confidence and toughness to the same level as our fitness.”
  •  Senior Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskie pack with a time of 22:17.60 and a 20th place finish. Her performance was 31 positions and nearly 40 seconds better than at the 2011 MAC Championships in Muncie, Ind.
  •  However, sophomore Jamie Burr was the only other NIU runner to place in the top half of the field. The Onalaska, Wis., native crossed the finish line in 47th place at a time of 22:49.70.
  •  Taking third among Northern’s contingent was Ali Olson, who took 69th place with a time of 23:24.20. Rounding out the top five for the Huskies were Clarie McAuley and Juliane Totzke. McAuley claimed 76th place with a time of 23:37.30, while Totzke was 91st at 24:11.80.
  •  Katie Janssen ran a 24:31.30 to take 97th place and freshman Hannah Savage, Cedar Falls, was 98th at 24:35.90. Meanwhile, Alexis Capps took 100th at a time of 24:39.80.

MIDWEST CONFERENCE

  • Grinnell College had a BIG weekend at the Midwest Conference Championships in DePere. Wisconsin.  The Pioneers won both individual titles, the Men’s team regained the team title and the women were third.  Native Iowans Sarah Burnell, Grinnell, and Frank Canady, IC West, were impressive in winning hte individual crowns. For men’s coverage CLICK HERE!. For women’s coverage CLICK HERE!
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE

DRAKE

  • Kirsten Lake capped off her Drake women’s cross country career with her best-ever finish at the 2012 Missouri Valley Cross Country Championships. The fifth-year senior finished the 5-kilometer race at Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. in 17:47 to finish sixth.
  • Three freshman scored points to help the Bulldogs finish seventh in the 10-team field. Taylor Scholl was the second Drake runner to finish after Lake, finishing in 26th place in 18:21.
  • Celeste ArteagaAmanda Marwitz, and Emma Huston, DM Roosevelt, finished 45th, 46th and 47th, respectively, in the field of 75 runners. Arteagacrossed the finish line in 19:11 with the junior Marwitz a second behind her in 19:12. Huston followed in 19:14.
  • “It was great to get this type of experience for our younger students.” Drake head coach Dan Hostager said.
  • Freshman Cassie Aerts was the next Bulldog to finish in 53rd place in 19:31. Mariel Fulton (19:36) and Allie Heifner (19:38) followed in 56th and 62nd place, respectively, to round out the team’s scoring.
  • The meet was won by Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State in 16:59. Hosts Illinois State dominated the field to win the team title with 42 points.
  • Drake will compete next at the NCAA Regionals in Springfield, Mo., on Friday, November 9.

Team Results

1. Illinois State, 42 
2. Wichita State, 83
3. Southern Illinois, 96
4. Bradley, 112
5. Northern Iowa, 126
6. Indiana State, 154
7. Drake, 170
8. Evansville, 179
9. Missouri State, 213
10. Creighton, 262

  • Brogan Austin, Boone, returned to the podium at the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Cross Country Championships for the second year in a row Saturday morning at Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill.
  • The junior finished the 8-kilometer course in 24:25.01 to finish third behind only John Mascari of Indiana State in 24:21 and Zach Dahleen of Southern Illinois in 24:25. Austin won the 2011 MVC Championship, the first Drake athlete to do so since 2004.
  • The Drake contingent finished fourth in total points at the meet with 137. Southern Illinois won the meet with 34 points and Indiana State followed closely with 40.
  • “Our men have been battling through a lot all fall,” Drake head coach Dan Hostager said. “We didn’t get the team finish we had hoped for, but can’t fault the effort. It’s a tough group and this will serve them well for the future.”
  • Aside from Austin, a group of young Bulldogs impressed against some of the top competition of the season. Freshman Rob McCann ran the best race of his young career, finishing 25th in 25:32.53.
  • Sophomore Conor Wells, DM Roosevelt, bested veteran teammate Charles Lapham by a second to finish 32nd and run a time of 25:38.27. Lapham was one spot behind in 25:39.85. Guy Eckman capped the scoring for the Bulldogs coming in at 48th in 26:15.36.
  • The meet saw the first official action of the season for junior Omet Kak, DM North. Kak, who has been struggling with injury all season, finished in 26:19.86.

Team Results

1. Southern Illinois-34
2. Indiana State-40
3. Wichita State-96
4. 
Drake-137
5. Northern Iowa-144
6. Illinois State-146
7. Evansville-157
8. Bradley-167
9. Creighton-273
UNI
  • The University of Northern Iowa cross country teams competed at the MVC Championship meet today, both finishing in fifth place as a team with senior Scotti Schon, Waukon, earning All-MVC honors.
  • The women, who also placed fifth last season, had three runners place in the top-25 with Schon, Allison Fick, IC West, and Hayley Thomas leading the way.
  • On the women’s side, Schon led the Panthers with a ninth place finish overall and a time of 17:55. After recovering from mono early in the season, Schon has shined for the Panthers the last few weeks of competition. Her time of 17:55 is almost two minutes faster than the time she posted at last year’s championship race and places her in eighth all-time at UNI.
  • Fick came in second for the Panthers, placing 13th overall with a time of 18:05. Fick returned this season after placing 42nd overall last year and improved her time from last season by over a minute.
  • Finishing in 21st place overall, Thomas notched a time of 18:14. An All-MVC performer last year, Thomas improved her time at the MVC Championships by several seconds on the 5K course.
  • The men’s team, who placed eighth last season, had four athletes finish in the top-30. Brett Egan, Waukon, led the way for the men’s side finishing 11th overall with a time of 24:54. His time of 24:54 is over a minute faster than the time he ran at last year’s championship.
  • Ryan Krogmann, NE Gooselake, came in second for the Panthers and in 26th place overall. He finished with a time of 25:36, beating his time from last season by 1:15 and improved his finish by 17 places.
  • Calvin Kibby, Ankeny, wasn’t far behind in 28th place overall and in third for the Panthers with a time of 25:37. With his 25:37 performance today, Kibby notched a season best time. Rounding out the Panthers’ top-30 finishers was freshman Zach Bucheit, Pella, in 30th place overall with a time of 25:38.
  • The Panthers will return to action when they travel to Springfield, Mo. to compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Shelby Houlihan -SC East-Arizona St

PAC TWELVE

  • Former Sioux City East state champion, Shelby Houlihan, leads Arizona State at Pac 12 championships with her 8th place finish. For the full story CLICK HERE!
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
  • The ninth-ranked University of Arkansas men’s cross country team ran to the team title Friday morning at the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championships at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn. The Razorbacks are coached by former UNI coaches: Chris Bucknam, Travis Geopfert (Panoaram) and Doug Case (Marshalltown).
  • The win represents the third-straight SEC cross country title for the Razorbacks and the program’s 20th overall since joining the league in 1991-92. Arkansas was paced by a 2-3-4 finish from Solomon Haile, Eric Fernandez and Kemoy Campbell, respectively.
  • “We wanted to come in and make a statement,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “This is the first of three legs in the championship season. This is really the most important one. The SEC Championship means a lot to our school. When you win an SEC title in any sport, it’s special and I’m awfully proud of our guys for the effort they put in today and all the hard work they’ve done all year.”
  • Friday’s victory is the Razorbacks’ ninth SEC title under Bucknam with three cross country (2010-12), three indoor track and field (2009-10, 2012) and three outdoor track and field (2009, 2011-12) titles. Dating back to the 2011 SEC Outdoor Championships, Arkansas has now won five consecutive SEC competitions.
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