Krapf Captures MVC Title; Redbirds Take Second and Third
Scott Krapf
Scott Krapf

Oct. 31, 2009

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PEORIA, Ill. - After receiving the Doug Collins Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Impact Award this past Sunday (Oct. 25), senior Scott Krapf can cross another milestone off of his already decorated collegiate career. Krapf won the men's 8K race at the 2009 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday, which was held at the Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill. Krapf is the first Redbird to capture the individual championship since Christian Goy in 2002.

"I made a move early in the race, and I knew I wasn't going to look back," said Krapf. "This has been one of the best weeks of my life. Today represents a culmination of my whole running career. On Sunday, when I was awarded the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Impact Award, it was special. So, to cap this week and my senior cross country season off like this is very special for me. To come out on top is pretty neat and it means a lot."

Krapf covered the course in 25:47 and earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for finishing in the top-10. Krapf was the only men's runner to cross the finish line before the 26-minute mark.

"Scott did an outstanding job today," said head cross country coach Jeff Bovee. "To see him win a championship by putting it all out there, I couldn't be more proud. He has a lot of talent and a great work ethic. There aren't many people out there who work harder than Scott and to see someone like that being awarded the championship is great."

The women's team took second place at the conference championships with 86 points finishing behind Wichita State. ISU was led by juniors Sarah Glowacki and Kirsten Lang. Both finished in the top-10 to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference accolades for the first time in their careers.

"With Kirsten and Sarah earning their first Valley honors was awesome," said Bovee. "They have been running really consistent all year, and I was pleased to see them finish in the top-10."

Glowacki finished the 5K race in a time of 19:13, which put her in eighth place, while Lang was a second behind in 10th place. Sophomore Aisha Praught covered the course in 19:41 and finished in 18th place. Freshman Brea Tinney was the fourth Redbird to cross the finish line in 24th place with a time of 19:56. Rounding out the top-five for the Redbirds was freshman Samantha Bluske, who ran a 20:02 and finished the race in 26th place.

"Honestly, when the first runners came across the finish line I thought we were going to be fourth or fifth as a team," said Bovee. "With Jess Husted and Michelle Brunk finishing as our seventh and eighth runners when they are usually our top runners, I was really concerned. The Valley is deep this season with a lot of talented teams, and I didn't know where we would end up. Amazingly, Praught stepped up big for us. For Aisha to come out and run the way she did was huge. Our third through sixth runners really made the difference in today's meet. We had a unique way of getting to second place on a muddy course like this one, but a lot of things happened for us. That shows the strength of our team."

In the women's race, Bradley finished in third place, while Indiana State was fourth followed by Missouri State in fifth.

Krapf and the men's team finished the championships in third place with 74 points behind Indiana State, who took first, while Southern Illinois finished in second place.

Juniors Matt Mroczynski (26:44) and Jon Roberts (26:46) crossed the finish line in 12th place and 13th place, respectively. Freshman Mat Smoody ran the 8K race in 27:35, which put him in 23rd place, while freshman Kevin Forde finished the race in 28th place with a time of 27:51.

"For the men, we were seeded third, and we finished third," said Bovee. "I knew we were going to have to run a huge race to finish in the top-two teams, but I was pleased with how the guys ran. It was the highest Jon's ever finished in a Valley meet, and I thought he did really well. Mat and Kevin came through and helped us get that third place finish."

On the men's side, Northern Iowa and Bradley finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

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