Mud hinders runners’ performance
Michael Bauer | Collegio WriterThe PSU men’s and women’s cross country teams took on the wet conditions at the Southern Stampede in Joplin, Mo. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The men placed seventh out of 16 teams and the women placed fifth out of 18 teams.
The men were led by freshman Devon Young, who placed 19th with a time of 25 minutes, 53 seconds. Connor Stark finished 30th in 26:19, and Austin Bogina rounded out the Gorillas top three with a 45th place finish in 26:42. Ethan Silovsky crossed the line three seconds later in 50th place and Cale Heiniger came in 65th with a time of 27:03.
Division I Tulsa University took the meet title with a score of 41 points. MIAA opponent Missouri Southern State University was second with 72 points and Oklahoma Christian took third. Pittsburg State finished with 185 points, narrowly beating the University of Alabama-Huntsville by a single-point for seventh.
Adam Volkert, a PSU senior who ran unattached, won the race in a time of 24:38. Dennis Hodapp took second in 24:57 for Tulsa while Missouri Southern’s Eric Schott finished third in 25:08.
“It was wet, but it was also a good opportunity for our teams to compete in the rainy conditions on Saturday,” said head coach Russ Jewett.
The PSU women’s team was led by senior Kaley Temaat who finished 28th in 18:37. Teammates Alex Moase and Hannah DeVries were a couple seconds behind as they finished 35th and 36th respectively, in 18:49. Bridgette McCormick was 43rd in a time of 18:58 and Amanda Callaway was right behind her with a time of 19:00. This is the kind of teamwork that Jewett wanted, although, he says he would like them to be closer to the front.
“We were a packed team that did well, even though we were not at the top of the placings,” Jewett said.
Just as the men did, Tulsa University took the women’s title with a total of 19 points. They were 53 points ahead of second place Arkansas-Fayetteville University. The PSU women finished with 154 points and edged Southwest Baptist by 12 points.
The PSU women, who were picked to finish first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) preseason polls, were outran by conference foe Missouri Southern by 39 points as the Lions finished third overall. The Lions were led by Ashley Flores and Janel Campbell, who finished 10th and 11th. MSSU’s top five runners finished ahead of Temaat. Midwestern State University edged out the Gorilla women by 10 points.
Kimi Shank-Reed was the meet winner in a time of 17:21, though she ran unattached.
“There was a lot of good competition at this meet,” Jewett said. “Even though Tulsa was one of the few D-I schools there, we still saw some good competition from other D-II schools.”
The Pittsburg State cross country teams will head to St. Paul, Minn., for the Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29.