TERRE HAUTE —
The NXN Midwest Regional for high school cross country runners is today at LaVern Gibson Championship Runners.
Some of the top distance athletes from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri will compete today.
9 a.m. — Facility and Course opens for athletes/coaches/parents
9 a.m. — Late Packet Pickup in the main building of the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center
10:30 a.m. — Cross Country Town USA Community 5k Race
11:15 a.m. — Free Kids Race (400m)
11:52 a.m. — National Anthem
Noon — Girls Open Race
12:30 p.m. — Boys Open Race
1 p.m. — Girls Championship Race
1:30 p.m. — Boys Championship Race
2:15 p.m. — Awards
In other cross country news:
• Rose takes 11th at regional — At Grand Rapids, Mich., junior Stu West led the charge with his all-region finish to lead the Rose-Hulman men’s cross-country team to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Saturday at Calvin College.
Rose-Hulman improved upon their 2012 finish by eight places, when they finished 19th overall. The 11th place overall finish is also the best team placing by an Engineers squad in over 25 years.
“To place 11th in our region is awfully good,” Rose-Hulman cross-country coach Geoff Wayton said. “We made some great strides and ended with some positives.”
West finished 28th overall to snag his first all-region honor with a time of 25 minutes, 59 seconds in the 8-kilometer race . The junior went out fast in the race and then fought back to pass 11 runners in the final 1,000 meters.
Senior Andrew Thompson rebounded from a tough 24th-place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships to cross the line second for the Engineers in 54th place with a time of 26:22.
“I was really happy with his performance,” Wayton said of Thompson. “He finished his career on a great note.”
Junior Ryan Meyer was the Engineers third finisher in 54th place (26:39) and Sam Sobczak was 69th with a time of 26:40.
Also competing for Rose-Hulman were Jacob Becker with a time of 27:06; Charlie Fenoglio at 27:11 and Kevin Mauser at 27:41.
NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional
Team scores — 1. Wabash 60; 2. Calvin 79; 3. Manchester 109; 4. Mount Union 137; 5. Wooster 210; 6. Ohio Northern 221; 7. Case Western 253; 8. John Carroll 280; 9. Hope 282; 10. Oberlin 294; 11. Rose-Hulman 311; 12. Albion 330; 13. DePauw 409; 14. Otterbein 442; 15. Denison 480; 16. Adrian 485; 17. Wilmington 550; 18. Ohio Wesleyan 551; 19. Wittenberg 574; 20. Kenyon 593; 21. Trine 608; 22. Hanover 637; 23. Bluffton 645; 24. Franklin 675; 25. Heidelberg 677; 26. Defiance 680; 27. Spalding 690; 28. Alma 725; 29. Baldwin Wallace 735; 30. Olivet 776; 31. Anderson 813; 32. Earlham 864; 33. Kalamazoo 865; 34. Transylvania 1113; 35. Mount St. Joseph 1155; INC. Hiram; INC. Muskingum; INC.Capital.
Rose-Hulman finishers — 28. Stu West, 25:59; 54. Andrew Thompson, 26:22; 68. Ryan Meyer, 26:39; 69. Sam Sobczak, 26:40; 92. Jacob Becker, 27:06; 99. Charlie Fenoglio, 27:11; 137. Kevin Mauser, 27:41.
• Goatee third in NJCAA half-marathon — At Dallas, Ga., Vincennes University freshmen TaPring Goatee and Robert Murphy added NJCAA Half-Marathon All-American titles to their first-year VU accolades Saturday when the pair led the Trailblazer Cross Country Teams to a National Runner-Up performance for the women and a sixth place finish for the men at the NJCAA Half-Marathon National Championships in the Atlanta suburb of Dallas, GA.
Goatee came in third (1:27:11.95) behind El Paso’s Andrea Amaro Iowa Central’s Hannah Maina. Murphy was fifth (1:10:04.31) in the men’s race. VU’s Chloe Heller was named a Coaches Association All-American with her 15th place finish (1:32:29.48) on Saturday. Trailblazer sophomore Whitney Wiist was 17th Saturday (1:33:04.93).
A week ago, Goatee was fifth in the women’s race and Murphy 13th in the men’s race at the NJCAA Div. I Cross Country National Championships in Fort Dodge, IA. Goatee was named a First-Team NJCAA All-American and Murphy earned Honorable-Mention NJCAA All-American honors. Also, Wiist was named a Coaches Association All-American after finishing 26th at the Cross Country title meet. The Trailblazer women were 11th out of 34 teams and the men finished 13th among 39 squads.
“The (VU) women ran a tremendous race but everyone came through in a huge way,” VU Coach Chris Gafner said. “Robert and TaPring both ran school record times and I’m extremely proud of how we competed. This performance was a big step forward for our program.”
• Ace posted — At Mark’s Par Three, Lucas Utterback of Terre Haute fired the first hole-in-one of his career Saturday afternoon, using a sand wedge to ace the 105-yard No. 7.
Witnessing the feat were Caleb Utterback, Tyler Rogerson and Josh Allen.
• Hagen posts win — At Peoria, Ariz., Darren Hagen won the feature race in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Friday at Canyon Speedway Park.
Hagen led 21 laps including the final 12 to win the 30-lap main. Brady Bacon was second and Christopher Bell third.
Bell took a 123-point lead in the midget totals over Bryan Clauson into Saturday’s action.
Fast qualifier — Caleb Armstrong.
Heat winners — Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Bryan Clauson, Brad Kuhn (semi).
Feature — Darren Hagen, Bacon, Bell, Rico Abreu, Clauson, Armstrong, Dave Darland, Tanner Thorson, Jerry Coons Jr., Kuhn, Thomas, Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Ronnie Gardner, Andrew Felker.