Cross Country Set For Ninth NCAA Great Lakes Regional

Senior Connor Callahan has competed in three NCAA Great Lakes Regionals for the Golden Eagles.

Nov. 6, 2012

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NCAA Great Lakes Information

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Verona, Wis. The women's 6-kilometer race gets underway at noon, with the men's 10k to follow at 1:15 p.m.

“The NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet has always been a great opportunity for our student-athletes,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “The BIG EAST Conference and NCAA Regional meets are the competitions that we’ve prepared for all season. The athletes have run thousands of miles preparing for this time of year. They are peaked, rested, and ready to roll.”

It is the first time the Zimmer Course has hosted the NCAA Regional, although the Golden Eagles have competed at the venue in three of the last four years.

“Our athletes always enjoy competing at the Zimmer Course in Madison. It’s close to home, so many of their friends and family can watch them compete. Also, it’s a beautiful course with great footing. It’s easy for spectators to navigate the course and see the runners several times,” Nelson said.

The top two teams in each of the NCAA’s nine regions advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 along with 13 additional at-large teams, selected by the NCAA. Each of the top-25 finishers at Friday’s meet will receive all-region recognition.

Men’s student-athletes competing (7): Jack Hackett, Connor Callahan, A.J. Gedwill, Patrick Maag, Jack Senefeld, Cody Haberkorn, William Hennessy (alternates: Spencer Agnew, David Sajdak, Andres Tineo-Paz)

Women’s student-athletes competing (7): Molly Hanson, Sarah Poirier, Hannah Frett, Christina Sliepka, Kayla Spencer, Rebecca Pachuta, Kellie Greenwood (alternates: Holly Robertson, Elisia Meyle)

Men’s and women’s teams competing (29 & 31): Notables-Cincinnati, Green Bay, Notre Dame, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Marquette's NCAA Regional Championships Results (athletes competing in 2012):

2004 - 5th
2005 - 6th 
2006 - 6th 
2007 - 4th 
2008 - 7th
2009 - 11th 
2010 - 16th 
2011 - 17th (Meyle (75), Sliepka (111), Frett (138))  

2004 - 16th
2005 - 20th
2006 - 11th 
2007 - 8th 
2008 - 16th
2009 - 12th (Callahan (61), Gedwill (174))
2010 - 10th (Callahan (58), Hackett (129))
2011 - 8th (Senefeld (51), Callahan (52), Hackett (76), Maag (102), Gedwill (94)) 

LAST TIME OUT: The Marquette women's cross country team placed seventh, its highest finish since 2008, at the BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 26 at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y. The men placed eighth overall for the fourth time in their eight-year affiliation with the league.

• Senior Jack Hackett has led the Marquette men at the last two meets, including the 2012 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. Connor Callahan led MU at the first three meets of the season.
• Freshman Molly Hanson has led the MU women at the last four meets, while sophomore Elisia Meyle led MU at the NIU Huskie Open (Sept. 7).
• The MU women are ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region, while the men are 15th.
• Head coach Mike Nelson is in his sixth season with the Golden Eagles in 2012.
• Six returning men’s runners have competed in at least a pair of BIG EAST Conference Championships. Senior Connor Callahan is the only returning student-athlete to have run in the last three conference and NCAA Great Lakes Regional meets.

UP NEXT: The University of Louisville hosts the 2012 NCAA Championships at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The Golden Eagles previously competed at the course on Saturday, Sept. 29 in the Greater Louisville Classic.




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