Volkert and Macy win; Pitt State has strong team showing
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
Adam Volkert and Jesscia Macy are MIAA cross-country champions. With this victory, both Volkert and Macy have earned All-MIAA honors.
Volkert and Macy each won the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association individual cross-country championship title on Saturday, Oct. 26, by winning their races at the Countryside Golf Course in Pittsburg.
Macy entered the day with the league’s best 6K time. Her winning time was 21 minutes, 8 seconds; 34 seconds ahead of second place finisher Twishanna Williams of Lincoln.
Adam Volkert’s winning time was 24 minutes, 35 seconds; ten seconds ahead of second place finisher Laban Sialo of Central Missouri.
As a team, however, the Gorilla women were unable to catch the conference–favorite Southwest Baptist Bearcats, who swept the competition with 35 points.
Nebraska-Kearney was No. 2 with 72 points and the PSU women finished No. 3 overall with 88 points, beating rivals Missouri Southern by 40 points.
Southwest Baptist had four finishers in the top eight, with Ashley Wolkomir and Karissa Fisher placing third and fourth, respectively and Elizabeth Luckel and Krenda McClure placing seventh and eighth.
Casey Epps of Pitt State was the second Gorilla finisher who crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 16 seconds to place 11th. Alex Moase placed 23rd in 22 minutes, 59 seconds while teammate Cate Dunn placed 26th in 23 minutes, 5 seconds. Carlin Greene was right behind her at 23 minutes, 9 seconds.
Volkert led the Gorilla men to a sixth-place overall finish.
Central Missouri took the conference title with 56 points, edging Missouri Southern by a single point for a dramatic victory. The Mules had three runners in the top eight.
Southwest Baptist finished third with 78 points. The Gorilla men just barely missed out on fifth place, losing to Northwest Missouri State by a single point.
PSU finished with 144 points, beating Fort Hays State by nine points.
Ren Bean was the second Gorilla to cross the line, placing 34th in 26 minutes, 10 seconds. Teammates Collin Hubert and Chris Wise were behind him at 35th and 36th, respectively. Hubert and Bean both finished in 26 minutes, 10 seconds. Wise was two seconds behind them.
Connor Stark placed 38th in 26 minutes, 17 seconds while Austin Bogina and Andrew Rodgers were both clocked in at 26 minutes, 20 seconds. They finished at 42nd and 43rd place, respectively.
The Gorillas’ next meet will be at the Central Regional in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Saturday, Nov. 9.