Scots finish strong at NCAA Regionals
November 20, 2015
This past Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the NCAA Regional meet held at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island.
The women finished 16th in the 40 team field. Senior Alex Dupont led the women with a 71st place finish and a time of 23:01.5 on the 6K course.
Senior Thea Bloom and freshman Caitlyn Allen followed close behind. Eight seconds separated Joanna Podosek, who ran a 23:54.2 and Brittany Daniel, 24:02.0. Jessica Salinas and Kelci Foss rounded out the women’s team.
The men’s team had a good race on the 8K course as the top three runners finished just 12 seconds apart. Freshman Tate Heiple led the team with a 27:07.8 to place 148th out of 300 runners.
Jay Gray and Bryent Van De Wostine crossed the line in 27:17.7 and 27:19.6. Cooper Pauley led the four through seven runners for Monmouth with a 27:48.1.
Juniors Dustin Watts and Josh Green came in ten seconds apart. Brand Allsop checked in with a 30:05.9 to finish up the day for the Scots.
“It was a good season for the team,” said Heiple. “I’m really proud to be a part of this team and what we can accomplish moving forward.”
The season ended on Saturday for the Scots. After being ranked seventh and tenth at the start of the year, both the women’s and men’s teams exceeded expectations.
“We have a young team that is full of potential,” said Allen. “Our team goal is to continue to grow in our abilities as a team both on and off the course.”
The Scots now look to focus on track and field this winter and spring. The cross country runners will team with a slew of sprinters and field competitors as they look to add another conference title banner.
The men’s team will look continue their indoor conference title streak that dates back to the 2000 indoor season. The Women will look to recapture the crown after missing the mark last year. Their first indoor track meet is January 16.