Women finish fifth while men are seventh at Fort Hays
HAYS, Kan. – For the third straight competition, Northern Colorado freshman Tanelle Berard and sophomore John McCarthy were the top finishers for the women's and men's cross country teams.
The women finished fifth at the 2011 Fort Hays State Open with 110 points, while the men's team was seventh with 189 points. Colorado School of Mines won the men's team title with 23 points and had six runners in the top 10, including individual champion Gildea Sean. The women's team race was won by Friends University with 30 points and they swept the top four spots with Jordan Arnold crossing the finish line first.
Berard finished the five-kilometer race in 18:59.3 to place 13th, while fellow freshman Ashley Atkin also continued to have strong first year with the Bears, finishing 16th in 19:06.5. Sophomore Nicole O'Dwyer was the third Bear across the finish line, doing so 24th in 19:24.6 and senior Nicole Larson was just two spots behind her after timing a 19:28.8. Senior Sari Little clocked a 19:45.3 to place 31st and freshman Cara Feldman rounded out the team in 34th position in 20:01.4.
McCarthy completed the eight-kilometer course in 26:01.3 for 24th place and freshman Evan Bekes was 29th after running a 26:16.6. Sophomores Cameron McQueen and Kyle Kusmik took 39th and 45th in the meet with times of 26:45.1 and 26:53.9, respectively, while freshman Alex Holm was 52nd after crossing the tape in 27:30.0 and sophomore Derek Schneider timed a 28:38.0 for 64th place.
Northern Colorado now has a three week break from competition as they prepare for the Big Sky Conference Championship on Oct. 29 in Pocatello, Idaho hosted by Idaho State.