Cross Country Finishes 13th, 16th at NCAA Great Lakes Regional|
Nov. 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The University of Cincinnati men's and women's cross country teams finished 16th and 13th, respectively, at the 2009 Great Lakes Regional hosted by Indiana University at the Indiana University Championship Cross Country Course Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Eric Finan and junior Lilian Jelimo paced their respective teams with a 32nd-place finish and a 33rd place finish, barely missing out on NCAA All-Region honors. Finan ran the 10,000-meter race at a 5:09 mile pace en route to a final time of 31:58.21 finishing 32nd. Jelimo ran a great race for the women's squad as her mile pace equaled out to 5:54 and she crossed the line in a 33rd-place time of 21:59.35. The Top 25 runners in each race earned All-Region Honors.
On the men's side, junior David Barry was the second Bearcat to cross the line doing so in a time of 33:09.97, warranting him an 87th-place finish. Freshman Corey Stoll continued his steady improvement throughout the year and it showed with a Top 100 finish. Stoll finished in 93rd place with a time of 33:25.33 in his first 10,000 meter race of the season. Fellow freshmen Oliver Book and Chase Beckmann rounded out the men's scoring with a 105th-place finish and a 111th-place finish, respectively.
The men's squad finished with a total score of 427, placing them 16th out of 30 teams.
In the women's race, Jelimo led the way with her 32nd-place showing, but the Bearcats added two more Top 60 finishes. Junior Tamara Masters kept her mile pace below the six-minute mark and finished with a time of 22:10.87, which was good enough to place 44th. Senior Jocelyn McCauley clocked in at 22:27.74 (60th place), junior Michele McKenney had a time of 23:02.70 (100th place), and junior Katie Lewnard posted a 138th-place mark of 23:42.94 to close out the UC scoring.
The women's team combined to score 370 points, placing them 13th out of 32 squads.