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Kimber Named All-Region

November 22, 2013

Monmouth College finished one place short of sending a contestant to the NCAA Cross Country Championship last Saturday. Junior Kyra Kimber finished the NCAA Regional race with a time of 22:25.3 and an overall 20th-place finish. The junior finished inside the top-35, received All-Regional honors and shattered her original best time by 30 seconds. Kimber’s finish marked the seventh year in a row that one of Monmouth’s runners received an All-Regional honor.

“Placing 20th was great, however, there is room for improvement as far as my next cross country season goes,” said Kimber after her All-Regional performance.

This year’s 6k regional was held in Rock Island on the Saukie Valley Golf Course. Monmouth contributed three individual women to the nearly 300-contestant race last weekend.

Finishing behind Kimber were teammates Alyssa Edwards and Brittany Daniels. Edwards, a senior and four time All-Conference runner, finished 108th with a time of 21:04.2. Following Monmouth’s upper-classmen was freshmen Brittany Daniels with a time of 25:20.7 and placing 183rd.

Unfortunately for Kimber, her best time and top-20 finish put her at the top of Monmouth’s three individual contestants, but one place short of advancing to the NCAA Championships in Hanover, Indiana. Traditionally the top seven individual times receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship race, Kimber finished 8th.

The Scots women’s cross country will lose one senior heading into next year. Monmouth also looks to rebound after this year’s lack luster finish in the Midwest Conference (MWC) Championship. Earlier this season, Monmouth finished seventh in the MWC Championship effectively ending hopes for an NCAA bid.

As Haynes ends his 13th year at the wheel, he is optimistic about next year’s team. “I think the 2013 season has been a learning experience for coaches and athletes alike,” said Haynes. “It will take a great deal of recruiting and training to get to where we want to be in the future, some new found team leadership has been developed and that will help lead the future teams toward success.”

As the cross-country season winds down, the athletes will not. Coach Haynes, Edwards, Kimber and Daniels will begin preparing for their next season as indoor track and field begins warming up for the Midwest Conference Championship held in late February.

Mike Olszewski
Sports Editor

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