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Cross country bids farewell to record-setting seniors

November 16, 2012

Despite strong showings by its senior-laden teams, Monmouth College cross country fell short of advancing either of its squads to nationals. At last weekend’s NCAA Midwest Regional MC placed a total of three runners in the top 35 across the two combined races.

The men’s and women’s races each featured nearly 300 runners from across Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. Held at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis., Monmouth College runners broke several personal and school records.

Jake Barr finished 22nd individually out of 271 competitors, earning all-region honors for the first time. Running in the 8K, Barr clocked a 25:07, the best time ever recorded by a Fighting Scot senior during a regional competition and the sixth best overall time for a Monmouth College male.

At 22:30, Tori Beaty placed 20th of 276 runners in the women’s 6K. Rachel Bowden finished 23rd with a 22:32. Both earned all-region honors as well; Bowden’s first and Beaty’s second award. Beaty and Bowden’s high finishes helped propel Monmouth women’s cross country to a seventh place finish of 40 teams. The men’s team finished 15th, ahead of all other Midwest Conference schools.

“It is not common to have 3 runners in the top 35 out of nearly 300 individual runners from Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri,” said Coach Roger Haynes.

Haynes believes his seniors left on a high note. “It is a great honor for Jake, Tori and Rachel. I think they really made the most out of their individual abilities,” said Haynes. “They ran their best at the end of the year.”

Haynes’ senior-laden teams benefitted from a wealth of experience all season long; veteran leadership pushed the respective teams to eleven top 20 finishes in twelve events. Haynes will miss his landmark class.

“The seniors have done a great job during their careers. They have improved a tremendous amount in many areas,” said Coach Haynes. “Jake Barr, Matt Gatlin, Dan Reid, Nate Jones, Tori Beaty, Rachel Bowden, Brittney Frazier, Marlee Lane will not be easily replaced.”

For the second time in his career, Coach Haynes received the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year award.

“It’s always nice to be recognized, but coaching awards come directly from the efforts of the team members,” he said. “If they don’t work hard for very long periods of time, we will not succeed as individuals or as a team.”

Matt Dutton
Contributing Writer

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