Senior Kyle Saginus Places 15th at NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Nov. 15, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Senior Kyle Saginus continued his torrid pace of late, placing 15th in 31:57.4 at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals Saturday afternoon. On the morning, the women placed seventh in their race which began at 10 a.m. CT, beating their Great Lakes Region ranking of ninth, while the men finished 16th.
"Kyle ran a beautiful race," said head coach Mike Nelson. "About half way I counted and he was in either 33rd or 34th place, and when he reached the 8K mark he was in 19th. So he got stronger as the race went on. He gave everything he had and ran a smart race."
Saginus crossed the line only two-tenths of a second after the 14th place finisher.
Coming in behind Saginus in the 10K race was Brice Cleland, who finished 61st in 32:46.4, while Mark Kopecki turned in his best performance of the season with a third place team finish, placing 116th overall in 34:16.5. Also placing in the top five for the Golden Eagles were Drew Craig at 121st in 34:22.0 and freshman Blake Johnson at 129th in 34:32.9. Finishing but out of MU's top five were freshmen Garett McKnight and Patrick Keeley.
"With the men not being full strength, I thought they ran an good race," Nelson said. "Mark ran his best race of the season and Drew and Blake both ran strong races."
Junior Anna Weber paced the women once again, after leading Marquette at the BIG EAST Championships. Weber finished 25th in 21:57.7, a little over 20 seconds ahead of Jayne Grebinski who placed 42nd in 22:20.8. In a pack with Grebinski were sophomore Laurie Dalrymple in 45th at 22:24.3, junior Amanda Beggs at 53rd in 22:31.9 and sophomore Olivia Johnson at 56th in 22:33.4. Maureen Keane and Kate Horan also finished but did not place in MU's top five.
"The women turned in their best all around effort of the season," said Nelson. "Anna did really well, getting up at the front of the pack early and put in a solid effort. Where you can tell our improvement from last year is that Olivia was our fifth runner this year and finished in the fifties, while last year our fifth runner was in the eighties."
The runners had to deal with adverse course conditions for much of the race.
"The course was very windy, sloppy and muddy throughout the race," Nelson said. "They were probably the toughest conditions that I have ever seen."
This meet marks the end of the cross country season for the team, although the squad is awaiting word on whether or not Saginus will qualify for the NCAA Championships individually with an at-large spot.
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