PEORIA, Ill. – Competing at the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Friday, the UMKC men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 25th (men’s) and 21st (women’s) at Newman Golf Course.
It was a rugged day for all competitors, who ran through cold temperatures to secure top finishes for their schools Friday afternoon.
Racing for a final chance at NCAA cross country glory, senior Marcus Johnson (Nixa, Mo.) ran a 33:01.1 minute race to finish near the top 100 leaderboard at Newman Golf Course.
Freshman Max Selbach completed the 10K race as the top performer for UMKC on Friday afternoon, posting an average time of 32:58.2, which would place him inside the top 100 leaderboard of all the best cross country performers in the Midwest.
With the competition at an all-time high for Shameika McField’s squad, it was an uphill climb for a UMKC men’s team who were just recently looking for a three-peat late in October at the WAC Championships.
Running for a women’s team who placed third in Seattle, Wash., at the WAC Championships, senior runner Mia Jerman (Ste. Genevieve, Mo.) performed as well as she has done all year against a pool of tough runners, placing 53rd overall in the Midwest Regionals Event. Jerman would pace at an average time of 21:36.6 in Friday’s 6K race. In what may be Jerman’s last run as a Roo, the senior runner gave it all she had for her women’s team at Peoria, Ill.
Sophomore runner Katherine Hanners (Jackson, Mo.) finished down the line from Jerman, taking a spot in the top 100 at 84th place. Hanners ran a solid race that averaged out at 21:56.4 at Newman Golf Course.
Topping out in third place for the Roos would be junior runner Halley Dean (Shawnee, Kan.), who finished just outside the top 100 and pushed herself to average 22:24.4. It was a solid performance from all the women who ran on Friday morning, combining to a total score of 550 on the day.
Overall, it was a packed field that tested the Roos for both races. Many teams put their mark on the Midwest Regional race on Friday afternoon, preventing UMKC from garnering a higher spot in the results.
Depending on the outcomes from the other regional competitions happening this weekend, UMKC still has a shot to compete in next week’s NCAA Championships which will held in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Nov. 17th.
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