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Cross country team places 2nd and 3rd at conference meet

November 4, 2011

Monmouth College cross-country team has beyond proved themselves this season after the conference meet that was held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ripon College.

Both the men’s and women’s team achieved their season goals with the men receiving third and the women receiving second place.

“Both teams had goals to place in the top 3 at the beginning of the season. Many of them improved significantly over where they place at the 2010 MWC CC meet,” said Coach Roger Haynes.

The top places for the women’s team included: Rachel Bowden third, Tori Beaty 10th, Brittney Frazeri 11th, Marlee Lane 13th, Alyssa Edwards 17rh, Kyra Kimber 31st and Kenzie Payton 63rd.

For the men’s team: Jake Barr eight, Matt Gatlin 10th, Paul Davies 16th, Jon Welty 17th, Nate Jones 30th and Derek Foley 34th.

Many of the runners improved significantly from last year’s meet.

For the women, Bowden moved up two spots while Beaty moved up eight spots. Frazier rose 22 spots and Lane, up 26 spots.

For the men, Barr moved two spots while rose Davies nine, Gatlin did better by 17 spots and Jones, 39 spots.

The women’s team scored a total of 46 points, four behind Grinnell’s first place finish with 50 points.

The men scored 80 points while Lawrence University scored 50 and Grinnell scored 53.

The team ran trained by running high mileage to prepare them for the conference meet. 

“They run mileage between 60-90 miles per week, quality race pace intervals and threshold training,” said Haynes.

Players agreed individual training pays off.

“Individually, I prepared the same as I do for all of my races,” said junior Jake Barr. “I didn’t want to change anything, because my routine has worked well this year, and I didn’t want to psych myself out before this race.”

“I am so proud of my team,” said Welty.”They performed to the best of their ability, and I think that it really showed. We had the most all conference runners (on the men’s side) since I have been in school. This weekend goes to show how hard they have worked, and I cannot state how proud of each and every one of my teammates I am.”

The next meet will be the NCAA Midwest Regional at Augustana College’s Saukee Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill., Nov. 12. This meet will host teams from Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri for the Midwest regional.

Unlike many of the races during the season, not everyone will get to run in the regional meet.

“Unlike the rest of the season only seven per gender get to race at the regional,” said Haynes. “The top two teams plus seven individuals not on those teams qualify for the NCAA finals in Oshkos, Wis. on Nov. 19. I hope they set a conference championship as their goal for 2012 and every year after.  We need to have a group that is willing to work together to be in a position to challenge at the top of the conference every season. That will take more work from the coaching staff and athletes if that is a real possibility.”

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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