Marquette Concludes Season at NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Nov. 13, 2015
VERONA, Wis. - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams concluded the 2015 season at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course, Friday, Nov. 13.
Amid very windy, brisk conditions, the women placed 17th out of 31 teams, while the men took 20th out of 30 teams competing.
"Overall, I thought the women had a very solid day," Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. "We didn't place quite as high as we were hoping, but I thought we competed well and it was a strong way to go out. I was definitely not disappointed with the effort we gave."
Junior Brittney Feivor paced the women's team, as she has done in every race this season, taking 43rd with a time of 21:32.3. It was a 29-place improvement, but just 7 second faster than her finishing time at last year's regional due to the weather conditions and an unfortunate fall early in the race.
"Brittney was right up front in the top-15 until 1K when she was tripped up and fell," Nelson said. "She popped back up and sprinted back to where she was, but I think that might have been a little tough for her to recover from. Even when she falls down and doesn't have her best race, she still finished well ahead of last year."
Sophomore Jennifer Parker, for the second straight season, finished as MU's second-fastest runner at the regional meet, placing 45th with a time of 21:36 - 2 seconds faster and 25 spots ahead of where she finished a year ago. Nelson said she was Marquette's athlete of the meet.
Senior Kayla Spencer concluded her cross country career with a solid race, coming in as MU's third runner with an 88th-place finish in a time of 22:21.
"Kayla faced some adversity throughout the year and for her to fight back from a knee injury and to have the season that she had and the day she had today, it was a solid race and a great season for her," Nelson said. "I couldn't be more proud of her."
"We started the year with a number of injuries and as time went on the team got stronger and stronger," Nelson said. "I was happy with the way the ladies battled through some of the adversity they faced. They really stepped up and put together a really nice 2015 season."
On the men's side, sophomore Alec Miller put together yet another solid performance, taking 81st overall to lead the team, while finishing in a time of 32:39.4. Miller improved 15 spots from where he finished a season ago.
"Pretty much every race Alec ran this year he was better than he was last year," Nelson said. "He's been able to gain a lot of confidence and a lot of fitness. As primarily a middle-distance runner, what he did this year in cross country I think is really going to translate well into the track season. And that goes for a lot of the guys on our team."
Freshman Brad Eagan was close behind in 92nd place, finishing just 11 seconds off Miller's time in 32:50.5. Senior William Hennessy capped his career with another solid showing, placing third on the team and 110th overall with a time of 33:02.2.
"William had a nice day today, probably his best race of the year," Nelson said. "He worked his way up throughout the field and came in with a strong finish."
Hennessy was followed closely by freshman Jon Klaiber (33:05.4), who placed 114th overall, and junior Nate Gomoll (33:39), who took 141st, to round out MU's top-five. Senior Patrick Campbell (33:51.1) ran his final collegiate cross country race, taking 151st, while junior Cody Haberkorn (33:54.9) placed 152nd.
"We didn't finish quite as high as we wanted to, but I do think we had a pretty solid day," Nelson said. "We got out a little bit too far back and worked our way up pretty well, but should've been higher at the start. We're young and a lot of these guys will be doing this a few more times before their careers are said and done."
The Golden Eagles now look ahead to the 2016 indoor track season.
"The next step for us is to get refreshed and rejuvenated mentally and physically, and then start our base phase again for the indoor track season," Nelson said. "January 23rd, we start racing again at UW-Milwaukee."
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