Men's Cross Country Records Best NCAA Regional Finish Since 2007

Elisia Meyle paced the women at the Great Lakes Championships

Nov. 12, 2011

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TOLEDO, Ohio - The Marquette University men's cross country team claimed an eighth-place finish, while the women placed 17th at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships Saturday morning at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, Ohio.

The men entered the race ranked No. 12 in the Great Lakes Region by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and improved upon its ranking by four spots. 

The men's finish is its highest at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Championships since an eighth-place finish in 2007. 

Seniors Blake Johnson and Peter Bolgert lead the Golden Eagles, placing 37th and 38th overall, respectively. Johnson recorded a 10-kilometer time of 31:09.7, while Bolgert followed in 31:12.6. This was the sixth time this season that duo was at the top for MU.

Sophomore Jack Senefeld turned a time of 31:30.8 in his first regional championship, finishing 51st overall. Junior Connor Callahan placed 52nd overall, right behind Senfeld, in 31:31.4, while junior Jack Hackett rounded out Marquette's top-five finishers coming in 76th overall. 

For the fourth consecutive race, Elisia Meyle was the women's best finisher. Meyle placed 75th overall in her first regional championships with a 6k-time of 22:09.1. Redshirt junior Carly Windt followed with a season-best time of 22:11.9 in 78th place.

Rounding out the top-five finishers on the MU women's side were sophomore Sarah Ball (93/22:27.6), junior Christina Sliepka (111th/22:44.3) and senior Kate Horan (123rd/22:56.2).

Wisconsin took home the title on the men's side, while Michigan claimed the top spot in the women's field.

8. 254 Marquette
(37, 38, 51, 52, 76, (94), (102)) 
1. 37 Blake Johnson 31:09.7
2. 38 Peter Bolgert 31:12.6
3. 51 Jack Senefeld 31:30.8
4. 52 Connor Callahan 31:31.4
5. 76 Jack Hackett 32:01.4
6. (94) Anthony Gedwill 32:20.5
7. (102) Patrick Maag 32:27.0

17. 480 Marquette
(75, 78, 93, 111, 123, (130), (138)) 
1. 75 Elisia Meyle 22:09.1
2. 78 Carly Windt 22:11.9
3. 93 Sarah Ball 22:27.6
4. 111 Christina Sliepka 22:44.3
5. 123 Kate Horan 22:56.2
6. (130) Courtney Kelly 23:00.5
7. (138) Hannah Frett 23:08.0




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