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Cross-Country competes in NCAA Regionals

November 18, 2011

The Monmouth College men’s and women’s cross country team competed this  weekend at the Midwest Regional Championship at Saulkie Golf Course in Rock Island.

With only two teams and seven individuals not qualifying to advance to Saturday’s national meet, the team had to go the distance.

“The team attitude was extremely positive heading into regionals,” said senior Jon Welty. “We were definitely thinking that we could be a competitive team at the meet and improve ourselves from the last meet of the season.”

The Fighting Scots women’s team was able to overcome their lowest points total in team history to place 11th out of 38 teams, marking their highest ranking in the history of the program.

Leading the way for the Lady Scots was junior Rachel Bowden who placed 15th overall with a time of 22:32.6, a qualifying time that will advance her to the national meet.

As a three-time all-conference performer, Bowden will be the lone Scot representative advancing to the national meet.

Other top performers for the women’s team were Tori Beaty, who placed 37th with a time of 23:08.8, Alyssa Edwards and Brittney Frazier, with times of 23:52.2 and 24:05, respectively. Marlee Lane, Kyra Kimber and Kenzie Payton rounded out the women as Lane toured the course in 24:33.8. Kimber recorded a 24:46.6, and Payton turned in a time of 27:29.4.

As for the men’s team in the 8K race, they were able to edge out Midwest Conference champions, Lawrence University, and get revenge by placing higher.

The men’s team was lead by junior Jake Barr, who placed 68th, with a time of 26:27.5. Welty and junior Paul Davies also had exceptional times, finishing within 27 minutes. The Scots were able to place 17th out of 39 teams.

Other top runners for the men’s side was Matt Gatlin running a 27:40.7, Nate Jones with a 28:03.5, Derek Foley with a 28:43.8 and Joe Levita finishing 29:49.6. 

“I’m very pleased with the teams performance,” said Welty. “We trained exceptionally hard, but as for now, we will take some time off to recover our bodies and then begin with our preseason workouts for this upcoming track season.”

On the other hand, Bowden will compete Saturday at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Winneconne, Wis. She will run on the Lake Breeze Golf Course, which she finished twice as a freshman. Each time, she ran the course in 24 minutes, but will need to finish several minutes sooner in order to earn All-American status as one of the top 35 competitors.

Ken Collins
Contributing Writer

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