Marquette XC Readies for NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Nov. 9, 2016
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“The BIG EAST Championships gave us some confidence approaching this regional,” Marquette head coach Mike Nelson said. “When it comes to cross country, the BIG EAST is one of the elite conferences in the country and performing well at that gave us the confidence to succeed this weekend.”
Friday’s NCAA Great Lakes Regional will begin with the women’s 6-kilometer race at noon Central time followed by the men’s 10-kilometer race at 1 p.m.
Both the men’s and women’s sides recorded very respectable fifth place finishes against elite competition at the BIG EAST Championships back on Oct. 28. For the first time since 2005, the women placed two competitors on the all-conference team with senior Brittney Feivor (17th) and junior Jennifer Parker (20th) both recording Top-20 placings. On the men’s side, junior Alec Miller (18th) became the first men’s runner to receive All-BIG EAST recognition since 2008.
“Our team expectations are set high,” Miller said. “Our goal since the beginning of the season has been to be ranked in the Great Lakes Region (top-15). There are a few teams that have beaten us this year in those rankings, but the regional meet is a whole new ball game.
“Some teams are starting to burn out, whereas our team is the strongest it has been all year,” added Miller. “Coach has given us great workouts the past two weeks, and we are ready to run fast and break into the top-15 this weekend.”
It was a bit of a disappointment for both teams at the Great Lakes Regional a year ago as the women placed 17th out of 31 teams, followed by the men, who took 20th out of 30 teams.
“One of the key goals for us is improving from last year,” Nelson said. “We walked away a little disappointed by our placings on both sides. We would like to go back to the regional and have some significant improvements from a year ago - both individually and as a team.”
The top two teams from each of the nine regional meets plus 13 at-large selections will advance to NCAA Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on Nov. 19.
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