Cross Country teams place third, fourth and fifth in weekend events
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
The Miami University men’s and women’s cross country teams put in solid results this past weekend at all three of the events they participated in. The men’s team took home third at the All-Ohio Championship, while one of the women’s team finished fourth in the same event. The other women’s team placed fifth at the Greater Louisville Classic.
Miami women’s head coach Kelly Phillips said she was proud of her runners that featured in the All-Ohio.
“To get fourth without your top seven is pretty awesome,” Phillips said.
The top seven is in reference to the other group of women who raced at the Louisville meet and managed to finish fifth despite a field of nationally ranked teams such as Texas A&M University, the University of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University.
Junior Jess Hoover was once again first across the finish line for the RedHawks and finished eigth overall.
Phillips said she had hoped to beat a few more teams, such as Kentucky and the University Louisville, to better Miami’s chances of going to nationals. Miami was able to defeat the University of Tennessee and Marquette University.
The result of the All-Ohio Championship for the women will not go towards the team qualifying for nationals, but Phillips said it was a great opportunity for runners who aren’t normally in the spotlight to hop into those leadership type positions and perform under pressure on a big stage.
Phillips said she wasn’t sure how dividing the team up would go.
“Splitting can go either way,” Phillips said. “They can freak out and panic when they know they’re the leaders now in the race, but I think our girls wanted that leadership so they ended up really enjoying it.”
With the women’s team currently ranked ninth in its region, Miami will need to put in a good performance in its next race if it wants to qualify for nationals.
The men’s team finished third in its side of the All-Ohio, falling to the University of Akron and Malone University. Miami University men’s head coach Warren Mandrell said he was especially disappointed his team couldn’t surpass Akron, a team they beat three weeks ago.
The meet will not count towards nationals qualification for the men as no one they beat will likely be qualifying, but Mandrell still thought the experience was worthwhile for his team.
“The size of this meet and where we placed is very similar to how the MAC Championships will be so it was good for some of our younger guys to get that experience,” Mandrell said.