This week’s State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week are Michael Breshears and Kristin Wolkey of Missouri State.
Breshears ran the fastest time of year in the MVC over 8k with a clocking of 24:53.10 at the Southern Stampede. Wolkey led the women's team with a sixth-place finish in just her second collegiate competition, posting a time of 17:35.20.
Runners of the Week:
Junior Michael Breshears, Missouri State
Breshears led the way for the Bears with a 16th-place finish at the Southern Stampede, covering the 8k layout in 24:53.10. The Excelsior, Mo., product clocked the fastest time this year in the Missouri Valley Conference for that distance.
Freshman Kristin Wolkey, Missouri State
Wolkey led the women's team with a sixth-place finish in just her second collegiate competition. Wolkey crossed the line in 17:35.20 over a 5k course at the Southern Stampede. The Overland Park, Kan., native ran the second-fasted time in the conference this year for that distance.
Other Notable Performances:
Sophomore Girts Azis, Wichita State
Azis was the first Shocker to cross the finish line, placing 37th (26:39) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. This was the first race of the season for Azis, who finished the race almost a minute faster than he did at this same competition last season.
Junior Sean Bowman, Indiana State
Bowman won the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 16 with an 8k time of 25:12. He bested 223 other runners in the event and paced the Sycamores to the team title. The Nashville, Ind., product narrowly missed topping his personal best of 25:06 for that distance.
Sophomore Chris George, Bradley
George paced the Braves at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in the men’s 8k event in a time of 27:16. George led a pack of Braves, that finished within 34 seconds of each other, to a seventh place overall finish with his 27th-place showing.
Sophomore John Krumsee, Creighton
Krumsee finished as the team's top runner this weekend at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational with a time of 26:43. The Chicago, Ill., product improved on his previous season best by 1:43 in the 8k race. Krumsee's time placed him 1:49 behind the meet winner; 44th overall out of 319 runners.
Sophomore Dylan McClain, Drake
McClain posted the fastest 6k time in the MVC this fall, 25:46, placing 12th out of 319 runners. More importantly, McClain helped lead Drake to third place in the team standings beating teams from the Big 12 Conference (Nebraska, Kansas State), and all the Missouri Valley Conference teams (Wichita State, Bradley, Creighton) which competed in the meet.
Junior Nick Waninger, Evansville
Waninger finished third out of 224 runners at the Indiana Intercollegiates. Waninger clocked in with an 8k time of 25:22 to finish third overall. His time ranks as the 10th fastest 8k standard on record at UE. He helped the Purple Aces finish 12th out of 28 schools in the state of Indiana.
Junior Ashley Anklam, Drake
Anklam finished 11th out of 277 runners at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational with a time of 22.23. She was top competitor for the Bulldogs over the 6k course. The field included teams from the Big 12 and Mountain West Conferences.
Junior Laura Engle, Indiana State
Engle took fourth place with a time of 18:11 over the 5k course at the Indiana Intercollegiates. The Sycamore women earned 135 points and took fourth place.
Senior Angela Fisher, Creighton
Fisher led her team to a 15th place finish (out of 31) this weekend at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. The Columbus, Neb., native posted a time of 23:05 in the 6k race. Fisher's time was 2:14 behind the winner; good enough for 27th out of 277 runners.
Senior Besty McDonald, Illinois State
McDonald once again led the women’s squad with a fourth place individual finish at the Illinois Pack It Up Challenge. McDonald finished the 5k course in 18:22.84 behind three Illinois runners. The Redbirds finished third out of four teams including Illinois (28), Loyola (44), ISU (48) and Augustana (115).
Junior Sarah Rinker, Southern Illinois
Rinker finished first at the EIU Panther Open with a time of 17:51.53 on the 5k Panther Trail. The Pontiac, Ill., native bested her nearest competitor by 26 seconds, and led her squad to the team to victory.
Sophomore Andrea Sonnenschein, Evansville
Sonnenschein finished 37th out of 203 runners in the women's 5k at the Indiana Intercollegiates by completing the course in a time of 19:36.
Junior Sarah Westrick, Bradley
Westrick was the top finisher for the Braves for the second consecutive meet, posting a 6k time of 23:43 at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational. Westrick finished16th, for her second top-20 placement of the season.
***SIU’s Lindsay Wagner (5th, 18:39.21), Jessica Ordway (6th, 19:03.61), Cherylynn Schilling (7th, 19:04.24) and Katie Birn (8th, 19:06.54) all placed in the top-10 at the EIU Panther Open.
*** Evansville’s Nick Waninger ran the 10th fastest 8k standard on record at UE with a clocking of 25:22.
***Kathleen Thompson of Illinois State was fifth (18:37.29) at the Illinois Pack Up Challenge.
***Bowman, along with Blaine Zimmerman (4th, 25:27), Justin Kunz (5th, 25:32) and Antonio McDaniel (6th, 25:39) crossed the tape in the top-10 for Indiana State last weekend.
This Weekend For The Valley
September 24Southern Illinois at Roy Griak Invitational (W)
Wichita State at Roy Griak Invitational (M/W)
Evansville at Greater Louisville Classic (M/W)
Creighton at CC Only National Championships (M/W)
***The Indiana State men’s cross country team is receiving votes in the current Mondo NCAA Men’s Cross Country Poll released on Sept. 20. The Sycamores finished ahead of Butler and Indiana at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 16. The Bulldogs and Hoosiers are both ranked in the top-30 poll at 17th and 21st, respectively.
***Indiana State, Drake and Missouri State are ranked in a pair of United States Cross Country Coaches Association Regional Polls.
Great Lakes Region - Poll No. 1 (9/19)
2. -- Notre Dame
3. -- Butler
4. -- Michigan
5. Michigan St.
6. -- Ohio St.
7. -- Indiana
8. -- Indiana St.
9. -- Eastern Michigan
10. -- Kent St.
11. -- Miami
12. -- UW-Milwaukee
13. -- Purdue
14. -- Marquette
15. -- Central
Midwest Region - Poll No. 1 (9/19)
1. -- Iowa
2. -- Minnesota
3. -- Oklahoma St.
4. -- Kansas
5. -- Iowa St.
6. -- Illinois
7. -- Missouri
8. -- Loyola9. Drake
10. -- Tulsa
11. -- Oklahoma
12. -- Western Illinois
13. -- Kansas St. 14. -- Missouri St.
15. -- Eastern Illinois