Two Bulldogs Finish In Top 20 At NCAA Regionals

first_imgLawrence, Kan. – Two Bulldogs recorded top-20 finishes for the Drake University cross country team at the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional Friday afternoon. Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) turned in a 17th-place finish in the women’s 6-kilometer race while Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) was 20th in the men’s 10-kilometer event. As a team, the women’s squad finished 18th out of the 35 team represented in the race, ahead of programs such as Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern, while the men’s team was 24th out of the 32 teams present. The regional meets determines the field for the upcoming NCAA Championship with  the top two teams and the next four individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to the NCAA Championship. An outside chance of inclusion in the NCAA field remains for Huston and Fischer pending the final declarations next week.”Today was an outstanding effort by our women’s team,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “They’ve worked hard all year and improved each week. We were able to finish ahead of several teams that had beaten us earlier this year including Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern. We were a little short-handed on the men’s side, but the guys gave some great efforts.” Huston, who has been the Bulldogs’ top female runner all season, turned in a time of 20:50.6 in the 223-runner field to record her second fastest 6k time of the season. North Dakota State’s Erin Teschuk won the race in 20:07.7 with runners from Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma and Illinois claiming most of the top-20 spots.”Emma ran a gutsy race to just miss out on an individual berth to the NCAA Championship but moved up to 17th after finishing 42nd last season is a huge accomplishment given how tough our region is,” Hostager added.Huston was followed by her fellow senior teammates in Krista Maguire (Wausau, Wis.),  Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) and Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.). Maguire finished in 52nd place with a time of 21:31.5 while Scholl was 97th in 22:06.4. Aerts came in 136th in 22:36.0 while sophomore Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) rounding out the scoring in 151st.  “Once again, our women were led by our seniors who have shown tremendous work ethic over the years,” Hostager said. “It has really shown wit the improved places from last year’s regionals and has them in a great spot going into track season.”Fischer earned his 20th-place finish with a time of 30:26.3, less than 50 seconds behind the race’s winner, Marc Scott of Tulsa.”Reed ran an extremely tough race and was in the top-10 right until the last 400 meters,” Hostager said.”To move up 40 spots from last year’s regionals is a huge credit to Reed’s work ethic.”Ali Jandal (La Crosse, Wis.) was the second Bulldog across the finish line in 33:30.9 followed by freshman Cole Friedman (Overland Park, Kan.) in 160th. Griffin Jaworski (Winter Park, Fla.) and Chris Kaminski (New Lenox, Ill.) completed the scoring for Drake in 171st and 184th places. Should the Midwest Regional marks the conclusion of the 2015 season for the Bulldogs, the season saw the team record four All-Missouri Valley Conference selections, an MVC Championship runner-up, three MVC Runner of the Week honors, three MVC Scholar-Athlete Team selections and an MVC Elite 18 award winner. 2015 NCAA Midwest RegionalNov. 13, 2015 – Lawrence, Kan.Rim Rock FarmDrake Women’s 6k Results17. Emma Huston, 20:50.652. Krista Maguire, 21:31.597. Taylor Scholl, 22:06.4136. Cassie Aerts, 22:36.0151. Bailee Cofer, 22:47.4171. Meagan Kearney, 23:12.3202. Erica Bestul, 23:56.82015 NCAA Midwest RegionalNov. 13, 2015 – Lawrence, Kan.Rim Rock FarmDrake Men’s 10k Results20. Reed Fischer, 30:26.3157. Ali Jandal, 33:30.9160. Cole Friedman, 33:39.9171. Griffin Jaworski, 34:03.3184. Chris Kaminski, 34:44.5187. Joshua Yeager, 35:01.7 Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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