Emporia State will join upwards of 30 teams at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational at Pioneer Park in Lincoln, Neb. The meet is co-hosted by the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Wesleyan and draws a wide variety of teams.
JK GOLD CLASSIC RECAP
Emporia State cross country teams swept the team titles in the College Division of the J.K. Gold Classic hosted by Wichita State in Augusta, Kan. Both teams placed four runners in the top ten in their division.
Jacob Bull led the Hornet men with a third place finish in a time of 19:35.80 over the 6000m course. He was joined in the top ten by Morgan Riggs in fifth place, David Keach in seventh and Daniel Claassen in ninth place for the Hornets.
Emily Schoenfeld paced the Emporia State women with a third place time of 16:05.58 over 4000m. She was joined by Lindsay Cuadra, Taylor Stueve and Susan Welte in the top ten.
Steven Blocker is in his third year as the head coach for the Emporia State track and field/cross country programs. He served as an assistant with the Hornets since 2009 working primarily with the sprinters, jumpers and multi-event athletes. He has coached 20 All-Americans and seven MIAA Champions as head coach after producing 14 All-Americans, six MIAA Champions and an NCAA Division II National Champion as an assistant.
Eric Wellman is in his third year in charge of the cross country program for the Hornets. He spent the previous two years as an assistant with the program and overseen the distance runners for ESU. He has coached five All-MIAA performers in cross country as well as ten MIAA champions and 25 all-conference performers in track and field.
LAST TIME AT WOODY GREENO
Katie Mona had a top ten finish for the Emporia State women and the Hornet men finished 14th overall out of 28 teams at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. on September 17, 2011.
A LOOK AT THE HORNETS
Jacob Bull (Sr./Berryton, Kan.) led Emporia State at the JK Gold Classic with a third place finish in the college division. He was joined by Morgan Riggs (Jr./Liberal, Kan.), David Keach (Sr./Neodesha, Kan.) and Daniel Claassen (So./Whitewater, Kan.) in the top ten.
Newcomer Emily Schoenfeld (Fr./Topeka, Kan.) was third at the JK Gold Classic for Emporia State. She was joined in the top ten by returners Lindsay Cuadra (So./Derby, Kan.), Taylor Stueve (So./Las Vegas, Nev.) and Susan Welte (So./Wichita, Kan.) in fifth through sixth.
RANKINGS & REGIONS
The MIAA is joined by the Northern Sun and Great American Conferences in the Central Region. MIAA teams take up six of the top ten spots in the men's regional rankings and four of the ten in the women's rankings. This year four men's teams and five women's teams will qualify for the national championships out of the region. Three men's teams and one women's team from the MIAA are ranked in the top 25 nationally in this week's USTFCCA NCAA Division II National Poll.
Emporia State will host their own invitational on Friday, September 27 in Jones Park. The ESU Invitational is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. with the women's race and the men will follow at approximately 5:30 p.m. on the course in northwest Emporia.