Men's Team, Jaci Smith Qualify to NCAA Championships

13 November, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Cross country finishes 2017 season

The Oklahoma State Cowboy and Cowgirl cross country squads clinched spots in the 2017 NCAA Championships on Friday, as both teams took second at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa.

"We leave here with our third-straight Mid-Atlantic Championship for the women and a top-five finish for the men".

Finishing third for Carleton and coming in eighth out of 215 runners was Amanda Mosborg (Edina, Minn./Edina) with a time of 22:15.6 as she was the fastest-finishing first-year in today's race. Neale also finished as the Huskies top women racer for the ninth straight race. "On the men's side, last year we were fifth, but we were 125-points away from qualifying for the national championships, this year we were fifth but we were only 20-points out of second-place, so we keep improving and it's a goal of mine to get this men's cross country team back to nationals and we're getting closer every year", said Gondak. The Senior finished with a time of 19:50.9.

One thing that definitely hurt the Huskies performance was a slip at the beginning of the race by sophomores Nikki Zielinski and Kaitlyn Neal, who was the Huskies second finisher at the Pac-12 championships two weeks ago.

But as an email arrived in Gulden's inbox shortly after 1 p.m., he read the list of the selected teams out loud, and with some emotion in his voice, he announced both USU's men's and women's teams had made the cut and earned at-large bids.

"I was most proud of Todd", coach Jon Murray said in the release. Starting in the summer, everyone bought in to the training that coach Gulden and coach Griggs gave to us, and we worked hard all summer and into the fall.

Furman won the meet with 55 points; Tech had 109.

The Ducks finished with 92 points, behind victor San Francisco with 59 points and runner-up Stanford with 76 points. The men finished seventh in the 10k with an average of 32:10.00. "Excited to see her have the best race of her career on the biggest stage".

Jeremy Brown had the best time for the men on Friday. Sophomore Britt Lang (21:27.4) and freshman Christine Laurie (21:33.0) stayed connected to finish inside top-65, crossing the line in 59th and 62nd respectively.

Last race's top finisher Mahmoud Moussa was the fourth Husky across in 18th (29:53.5) and freshman Tibebu Proctor rounded out the Huskies five by finishing 26th (30:02.2) in one of his best showings of the year.

"Honestly, coming in, we all knew we were capable of this", he said.

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