Cross Country Weekly Notebook (Oct. 16)
Teams are gearing up for the MVC Cross Country Championship that will be held October 27 in Normal, Ill. This week marks the third time that Shocker Aliphine Tuliamuk wins Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week and a first for John Mascari of Indiana State.
MVC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
John Mascari, Freshman, Terre Haute, Ind. - Indiana State
Indiana State freshman John Mascari ran to a school record time in the 8,000 meter race of the men’s seeded division (Red) of the Pre-National Invitational at Louisville, Ky., Saturday as he finished 34th out of 271 runners with a time of 23:55.4. His effort knocked ten seconds off the previous school record which was set just two weeks ago by teammate Al Escalera who ran 24:05 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
MVC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Aliphine Tuliamuk, Senior, Kapenguria, Kenya - Wichita State
Aliphine Tuliamuk raced at the Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky. this past weekend and claimed first-place. Her 6K time of 19:43.90 leads the Missouri Valley Conference this season and broke the Wichita State University 6K record by nearly 14 seconds. This season, Tuliamuk has won every race that she has competed in (four total wins).
Other notable performances:
Chase Coffey, Bradley
Coffey clocked a career-best 8K time of 25:05 to finish 25th at the ninth annual Bradley Classic. His time was 16 seconds faster than his previous season-best time and is the fastest time by a BU runner at the Bradley Classic. The previous Bradley record for the Classic was set by Andrew Weiser in 2010 (25:24).
Brogan Austin, Drake
Austin and his three teammates competed against some of the best runners in the nation at the Louisville Pre-Nationals meet Saturday, October 13. Austin finished 15th in a field of 278 runners in a time of 24:41.5 for the unseeded 8K race. The 2011 MVC cross country champion will look to defend his title in two weeks.
Josh Genet, Evansville
Evansville’s Josh Genet earned the first win of his career. At the UE Invitational, Genet topped the nearest competitor by 18 seconds en route to the 8K win. Genet beat runners from Vanderbilt and Marshall to win. His time of 25:21.90 was just two tenths off of his PR.
Ryan Rutherford, Illinois State
In his first race in almost a month, sophomore Ryan Rutherford ran the second-fastest 8,000-meter race of his career at the Bradley Classic last weekend. Rutherford paced the Illinois State men’s team with a 12th-place finish overall, and was the fourth Valley runner to cross the finish line. His time of 24:47 was almost a minute faster than the second Redbird to cross that day.
Zach Dahleen, Southern Illinois
Junior Zach Dahleen ran his best 8K time (24:20) and finish (second) of the season en route to a Saluki men’s team victory at the Bradley Classic. Dahleen technically won the collegiate portion of the race as the first place finisher, Jim Riddle, ran unattached. Dahleen’s time at Bradley on Friday eclipsed his previous 8K best by 39 seconds.
Sarah McMahon, Bradley
McMahon helped Bradley to a fourth-place finish at the ninth annual Bradley Classic, running a career-best 6K time of 21:46 to finish 20th overall. McMahon’s time was 12 seconds better than her previous career-best effort and ranks as the sixth-fastest 6K time in school history.
Kirsten Lake, Drake
Fifth-year senior Kirsten Lake continued her impressive final season by setting a personal-best at the Bradley Classic. Lake’s 6K time of 21:37 helped her finish 13th leading the Bulldogs to a 11th place finish.
Kelby Jenkins, Evansville
Kelby Jenkins continued to dominate the competition in Evansville’s last two meets, picking up two more wins to make it four out of six on the season. In Saturday’s UE Invitational, Jenkins was at it again, setting a new PR in the 5K with a time of 17:48.09. She finished 21 seconds ahead of second place. Her performances led Evansville to team victories in both events.
Rachael Brewer, Illinois State
On a perfect day for racing, Rachael Brewer took on the Bradley Classic last weekend in dominating fashion. She claimed the No. 2 spot overall, running the fastest 6,000-meter time in Redbird history by over 12 seconds, helping the women’s cross country team to its first win of the season. Her time of 20:44 also crushed her previous career-best time (21:37) by 53 seconds.
Jessica Zangmeister, Indiana State
Indiana State junior Jessica Zangmeister ran a personal best 21:49.1 in the 6,000 meter race of the women’s unseeded division (Black) of the Pre-National Invitational at Louisville, Ky., finishing 15th out of 243 runners. The time was a second faster than her previous personal-best and is the sixth fastest time for 6,000 meters in Indiana State history.
Erin Edwards, Missouri State
For the second-straight competition, Missouri State junior Erin Edwards led all Bears runners in the team’s meet. Edwards crossed the 6K finish line in 22:26.6, good for a 47th-place finish at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark.
Sadie Darnell, Southern Illinois
Sophomore Sadie Darnell continued to pace the Saluki women, recording her third top-ten finish in scored meets with another sixth-place finish at the Bradley Classic. Darnell’s 6K time of 21:18 kept the Saluki women (third place, 115 points) within striking range in a hotly contested battle for the top three spots with Illinois State (first, 102 points) and Saint Louis (second, 114 points).