MIAA Cross Country Report No. 4

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- While one MIAA school is hosting a cross country meet this weekend, the majority of conference squads are scheduled to compete in a trio of events hosted by NCAA Division II schools.

The action begins Friday (Sept. 28), when Emporia State hosts its annual Jock's Nitch Invitational at Jones Park.

The men's and women's squads from Truman are slated to be competing, as is the women's team from future MIAA member Nebraska-Omaha.

The University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational Saturday (Sept. 29) is scheduled to include the men's and women's teams from Central Missouri and Pittsburg State along with the women's squad from Northwest Missouri State.

Also Saturday is the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree, which is slated to feature the men's team from Missouri Southern, as well as both squads from Fort Hays State and Southwest Baptist.

The Southern women and Northwest men will be in Chicago for the Loyola (Ill.) Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational.

FHSU COMPETES AT TABOR INVITATIONAL: The Fort Hays State Tigers sent a men's team and two women's competitors to the Tabor (Kan.) Invitational last Saturday (Sept. 22).

The Tigers were ninth out of 10 teams in the men's team standings with 233 points. Johnson County (Kan.) Community College won the title with 25 points.

Sophomore Kegan Radcliff was FHSU's top finisher, placing 51st out of 110 runners with an 8-kilometer time of 30 minutes, 0.06 seconds.

Senior Shannan Herzet placed 26th out of the 94 runners in the 5-kilometer women's race, with a clocking of 20:36.43. Junior Katie Kersenbrock was 28th at 20:41.99.

BOTH LION SQUADS NATIONALLY RANKED: Both the men's and women's cross country teams are listed in the latest United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association Division II Ranking released Wednesday (Sept. 26).

The Lions are the only MIAA squad in the men's Top 25, holding steady at No. 14 from last week. Regional foe Abilene Christian (Texas) holds the top spot on the list.

The Southern women lead a trio of MIAA squads to make the list, up 12 spots to ninth from their previous ranking of No. 21 released two weeks earlier.

Pittsburg State climbed up two spots to No. 12, while Southwest Baptist was at No 16 this week -- up from its previous ranking of 23rd in the last list.

MIAA Cross Country Runners of the Week

For the week of action ending Sept. 23

MEN: no nominees

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Skyler Delmott, ESU; 9/17 -- Michael Pierce, SBU.

WOMEN: no nominees

Previous Winners: 9/10 -- Jonel Rossbach, ESU; 9/17 -- Kimi Shank, MSSU.

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