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Kimber MWC champion: Cross Country finishes strong in MWC tournament, preparing for regionals

November 7, 2014

Monmouth College Photo - Kyra Kimber placed first in the Midwest Conference Tournament this weekend.

Monmouth’s Kyra Kimber went to Appleton, Wisconsin this weekend and came back a Midwest Conference champion.

Kimber is one of only two women at Monmouth College to ever win an individual Midwest Conference cross country title. The last woman to do so was Angie Hickerson in 1986.

The women’s cross country team took seventh overall as the senior lead the team, taking first place with a time of 21:50.63 on the 6K course.

“It actually took me by surprise and I was just really excited. I’m still trying to take it all in,” Kimber said of the victory.

Just one year ago, she placed fourth in the same tournament and came back looking for first this last time around.

Behind her in the Monmouth pack were three separate pairs running together. The first was comprised of juniors Thea Bloom and Brittany Daniel, running 24:09.96 and 24:18.03, respectively, to place 34th and 37th. The women’s team place of seventh will take them to regionals.

“Everyone has improved and I am so proud of them. I think the team goal at regionals is to just stay with one another or someone that challenges them on the team,” said Kimber of the next round for the runners.

Freshman Kelci Foss who put up a time of 26:44.30 at her first MWC Championship contributed the strong team finish to good chemistry, support from team leaders and high energy in practices.

“We are able to joke around and have a good time, but when it comes down to business, we are able to get serious and do what we need to do to be the best we can be,” said Foss.

On the men’s side, freshman Cooper Pauley led the pack on the 8K course with a time of 27:11.41 to take 30th with sophomore Dustin Watts placing 83rd at 29:27.64. With only four members on the team, the men will not be continuing onto Regionals, but look forward to next season.

Pauley said that his team worked hard to prepare for the MWC Championship and looks forward to future seasons.

“We know what we can do and how good we can be in the next few years with a few more recruits coming in and all of us working to get better each and every day,” Pauley said.

Both teams had low a low mileage week leading up to the tournament and made sure to rest their legs before heading into the big weekend and had lighter workouts. This will continue leading up to Regionals.

The women’s team will head back to Wisconsin Nov. 15 looking to move forward to Nationals.

Erica Anderson
Courier Sports Editor

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