ISU Cross Country Ends Season at Midwest Regionals
Nov. 15, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. - The Illinois State men's and women's cross country teams ended their seasons at the NCAA Midwest Region Cross Country Championships as the teams placed 11th and 13th, respectively against tough competition in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday on the Oklahoma State Cross County Course.
Head coach Jeff Bovee felt his teams missed an opportunity to perform better and finish higher than their pre-regional rankings of eighth and 12th.
"I felt that we let this opportunity to improve in the region slip away," said Bovee. "However, I still think we are improving as a program and this is still an improvement from years past."
"On the men's side Scott had a good race on the toughest course we have ran all year. We just didn't have our best day."
Junior Scott Krapf led the Redbird men, covering the 10K course in a time of 32:09.20 to place 28th. Krapf was just three positions shy of being named as an all-region runner, as finishers in the top-25 gain all-region accolades.
Senior Mike Richardson was the second Redbird to cross the finish line, running a personal-best 32:21.55 to finish 41st. Sophomore Jon Roberts (32:53) and Matt Mroczynski (32:58.66) placed 63rd and 67th, respectively and freshman Rich Eber placed 118th with a time of 34:31.35 to round out the `Birds top-five finishers.
"The men would have finished higher if Merch (Matt Mroczynski) had not have gotten tripped up," said Bovee. "He was running with the top-20 with 1,500-meters left and lost his footing in some wood chips running down one of the hills. It was not only bad for us, but it is disappointing for him. He was running really well and fighting for a top-20 finish, but he got passed by a lot of runners when he took the fall."
The ISU women placed four runners within seven positions of each other with sophomore Kirsten Lang leading the charge for the Redbirds and crossing the finish line with a time of 22:37.30 to place 62nd. Freshman Aisha Praught (22:40.20), sophomores Sarah Glowacki (22:42.00) and Olivia Myers (22:42.80) collected finishes at the No. 64, 67 and 69 positions, respectively.
Sophomore Jess Husted was the final point scorer for the `Birds finishing 85th in a field of 187 competitors clocking in with a time of 22:53.55.
"The women didn't get out fast enough," said Bovee. "The course was difficult and made it hard for the women to pass. We were able to fight and move up to finish 13th, but we did not see the leadership that we needed until it was almost too late.
"On a positive note Kirsten really bounced back and Aisha really had a good race. Sarah has been out for awhile and it was great to see her run well after struggling with injuries this season."