Cross Country’s final tune-up
Michael Bauer | sports editor
The Pitt State cross country teams competed at the Fort Hays State Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 12, in their final tuneup before the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) conference meet scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26.
Running without No. 1 runner senior Jessica Macy, the Gorilla women finished five points behind Division II powerhouse Adams State, finishing second out of 17 schools competing.
“We held out Jessica Macy because we felt that it wasn’t in her best interest to race her before the end of the season,” said Russ Jewett, head coach. “It’s just a shame to lose to Adams State in a close race.”
Senior Casey Epps finished the race as number one for PSU women with a fourth place finish in a time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.
Sophomore Hannah DeVries was the second Gorilla to cross the finish line in eighth place overall with a time of 18 minutes and12 seconds followed by Alex Moase, who finished at No. 12 with a time of 18 minutes and 23 seconds, Paige White at No. 16 with a time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds and freshman Carlin Greene finished at No. 19 with a time of 18 minutes and 40 seconds.
“The rest of the women raced pretty well,” Jewett said. “It’s great to have Hannah DeVries back in her first healthy race this week.”
The Pitt State men were also without their No. 1 runner senior Adam Volkert.
“We did not race Adam Volkert because I felt he didn’t need a race here before the end of the season and that probably cost us a bit,” Jewett said.
Sophomore Austin Bogina led the Gorilla men with a No. 25 overall finish and a time of 25 minutes and 18 seconds. Sophomore Chris Wise crossed the finish line next, placing at No. 33 with a time of 25 minutes and 32 seconds.
Sophomore Connor Stark finished at No. 61 in 25 minutes and 24 seconds and junior Talon Thompson came in at No. 74 with a time of 26 minutes and 4 seconds. The PSU men placed eighth out of 19 schools.
Defending national champion Adams State won the meet with 33 points. Nebraska-Kearney finished a distant second with 76 points.
“We lacked focus in the men’s race but I think we’ll rebound from that,” Jewett said. “Our men’s team is fit. We just need to put together a competitive feel.”
The Gorillas will next run at the MIAA meet.
“We’ve got to put a little bit more peak in our fitness,” Jewett said. “We’ll do that in the next couple of weeks and get a couple of kids on our men’s side healthy.”
Pittsburg State will be hosting the meet at Countryside Golf Course. It will be the first time since 2005 for PSU to host the MIAA cross country championship meet.
“We’re excited. You don’t get an opportunity all the time to host a championship in our sport,” Jewett