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Pair of runners named all conference

November 6, 2015

Photos provided by coach John Welty.

The Fighting Scots cross country team had an exceptional showing at this past Saturdays’ Midwest Conference Championship meet which took place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. With this being the last meet of the regular season, the Monmouth College men’s team took seventh place while the women’s team took fourth.

“All together, both of our teams ran good races,” said sophomore Cooper Pauley. “The men’s and women’s teams both finished higher in conference than we were seeded [to finish] at the start of the season. We’re proud of how we did, and we hope to carry good racing into regionals on the 14th. ”

Monmouth’s men’s cross country team took the rank of 10th in the Midwest Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll which was mostly due to having a smaller active roster the previous year due to unhealthy runners. The Scot’s men had the lowest spread time at 0:43.7, with Lake Forrest College right behind them at 0:43.8.

The men’s pack was led by freshman Tate Heiple who ranked at 25th overall with a time of 27:38.1, just 1:09.6 behind the leader from Carroll University in Wisconsin who posted a time of 26:29.5.

The Scots also had four runners finish within twenty-one seconds of each other. Pauley (28:01.2) along with freshmen Jay Gray (28:00.1), Bryent Van De Wostine (28:04.5) and Tyler Bland (28:21.8) turned in finishes good enough to tally points for Monmouth.

Photos provided by coach John Welty.

Junior Dustin Watts (29:45.2) and senior Erik Ruud (30:21.2) were the bottom part of men’s team’s scoring. Freshman Brandon Alsop (30:23.5) and junior Jacob Marx were only a few seconds away from scoring points for the team.

The Scots’ women were ranked 7th in the poll which made them the underdogs to root for. The women had two runners who made all-conference honors in freshman Caitlyn Allen and senior Alex Dupont.

Together, the pair of Scots posted times of 23:36.1 for Allen and 23:40.2 for Dupont, good enough for 9th and 10th amongst all of the women runners at the conference meet.

“Honestly I didn’t know where I had placed until my name was called,” said Dupont. “Placing 10th was great. At that moment I was proud to be running as a Fighting Scot.”

The middle of the Scot’s women’s team was led by senior Thea Bloom with a time of 24:19.9 putting her at the number 24 ranking in the meet. Bloom’s time was followed by sophomore Joanna Podosek (24:45.9) and junior Brittany Daniel (24:47.8). On the lower end of the women’s scores, freshman Jessica Salinas set a season best time of 24:52.1 while sophomore Amy Wollenberg was right behind at 25:33.1. Sophomore Kelsi Foss was just 14 seconds of scoring for the Scots.

The Scots will be running again on November 14th at the NCAA Regionals in Rock Island, Illinois. This meet will see which runners qualify for NCAA championship and who has a shot at placing amongst the top college runners in the nation.

Taelor Hufford
Contributing Writer

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