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September 15, 2012

ISU’s Mascari wins men’s race at Indiana Intercollegiates

IU team takes men’s, women’s races

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State newcomer John Mascari made his first race as a collegian at LaVern Gibson one to remember, running away with the 8K title at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday afternoon.

Mascari ran a personal-best time of 24 minutes, 42.4 seconds, finishing eight seconds ahead of ISU senior Al Escalera, who took second place. Sycamore senior Dustin Betz was fifth with a strong finish.

While the Sycamores were strong up front, Taylor Head took 32nd and 39th place, meaning Indiana State settled for third place behind Butler and Indiana. The ISU women’s team was also third with 142 points, with the Hoosier women taking first with 29 and Purdue women second with 43.

IU won the men’s team race for the fourth straight year with seven runners finishing in the top 17. The 13th-ranked Hoosiers were without their top two runners, Andy Bayer and Terre Haute North graduate Zach Mayhew.

Escalera controlled the race with Mascari from the start.

“Al did most of the work. I looked behind me for Dustin Betz and he finished top five. It’s just a good feeling that all the hard work we’re doing is paying off.  I’ve kind of got an idea of what we’re made of this season,” Mascari said.

It was a good feeling to finish first again.

“I haven’t run here since my senior year of high school.  It didn’t really end well so I just wanted to come out here and redeem myself. Got a little redemption,” Mascari said.

McNichols enjoyed seeing his veteran racers and his star newcomer run well.

“Our two seniors, they’ve been on conference championship teams for the last three years. They really know what it’s about. And John’s obviously been a huge add to the team. They really showed their class today,” McNichols said.

As for ISU’s depth, it must improve.

“They were off their game a little bit.  The key is we’ve got to get them healthy. They’ve suffered from that respiratory flu that’s been going around,” McNichols said. “They’re good runners and I know what they’ve got in them, and likewise with Tristan Selby. I was pleased with [Milton] Brinza and [Corey] Hahn.”

Jessica Zangmeister led the ISU women with an 11th-place finish.

Leeann Michl, ISU’s top 800 runner in track, ran well in her second collegiate cross country race, stepping in due to some Sycamore injuries.

“I thought because we had a lot of adversity this week. I’d sure like to be up with the two Big Ten teams, and they were the class of the field,” Gartland said. “We got what we should have got. I can’t give enough praise to the whole top 5, especially Leeann Michl.”

Rose-Hulman’s women took 23rd place in the “Little State” division, which includes all non-Division I programs.

The Rose-Hulman men were a solid 10th place. The Engineers were led by freshman Kevin Mauser, who was 28th in a time of 27:23.

Indiana Intercollegiate results

Men’s 8K

Team scores — Indiana 49, Butler 70, Indiana State 70, Purdue 92, Southern Indiana 133, IUPUI 181, Indianapolis 230, Wabash 237, Evansville 246, Manchester 348, DePauw 354, Valparaiso 374, Indiana Tech 393, Taylor 412, Huntington 467, Franklin 477, Rose-Hulman 499, Trine 508, IPFW 510, Anderson 568, Hanover 639, Grace 647, Bethel 681, Indiana East 771, Earlham 800, Purdue Calumet 811, IU Kokomo 860.

Top 10 — John Mascari (ISU) 24:42.4, Al Escalerra (ISU) 24:54.0, Tom Curr (Butler) 24:57.2, Matt McClintock (pu0 24:58.9, Dustin Betz (ISU) 25:00.2, Evan Esselink (IU) 25:05.6, Michael Jordan (USI) 25:07.5, Johnnie Guy (PU) 25:11.1, Robby Nierman (IU) 25:11.4, Adam Behnke (IU) 25:12.7.

Other ISU — 32. Taylor Head 25:55.0, Gabe Ocasio 26:08.6, Milton Brinza 26:35.9, Tristan Selby 26:43.2.

Rose-Hulman — 75. Kevin Mauser 27:23.1, 79. Stuart West 27:27.1, 112. Ryan Meyer 28:07.0, 113. Josh Hognacki 28:07.6, 120. Derek Heeger 28:17.6, 128. Sam Sobczak 28:34.3, 136. Robbie Mayhew 28:52.9.

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