Marquette Cross Country Faces Tough Competition at Pre-Nationals

Oct. 13, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Marquette cross country teams had another chance to compete against the best teams in the nation in the Pre-Nationals held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course on Saturday hosted by Indiana State.

With over 80 teams competing, the meet was spilt into two races for the men and two for the women. The Marquette men finished 27th in its race, while the women notched a 19th place finish.

"This was an extremely competitive meet and an extremely fast meet," head coach Mike Nelson said. "It was a great experience for our athletes to go head-to-head with this level of competition."

The men saw many runners put up personal bests for the second consecutive meet. Senior Scott Mueller was the top finisher for the Golden Eagles running a personal-best 24:02 for 46th place. Mueller's time would have been good enough for 15th place a year ago, which shows that the level of competition at Pre-Nationals has greatly increased over the course of a year. In his second race back from injury, junior Kyle Saginus ran a 24:40; a personal-best for him by 17 seconds. Freshman Brice Cleland also marked a personal-best finishing with a time of 24:56. Rounding out the men was freshman Nick Szczech running a 25:02 and freshman Peter Bolgert finishing with a time of 25:55.

Senior Cassie Peller led the MU women finishing in 51st place with a time of 21:15. Sophomore Jayne Grebinski was right behind her finishing in 21:16 for 53rd place. Sophomore Anna Weber completed the course with a time of 21:51. Also running for the women was senior Kaitlyn Chambers (22:13) and sophomore Amanda Beggs (22:31).



"Overall it was a pretty good day. We found areas we need to improve on, but have identified them and can move in the right direction in order to be one of the top four teams at the conference championships. We competed well against this level of competition," Nelson said.

The Golden Eages will run in the BIG EAST cross country championships on Oct. 27.


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