Cross Country Heads to NCAA Great Lakes Regional
Nov. 13, 2013
2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s and women’s cross country teams head to the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course in Verona, Wis., on Friday Nov. 15 where the University of Wisconsin will host the 2013 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships.
“The NCAA Regional meet is always one of the most interesting races of the year,” Marquette head cross country coach Mike Nelson said. “Some teams are holding on by a thin thread while others are surging forward. How you trained over the summer and early in the season has a big impact on how you’ll race in mid-November. I feel like our athletes have done a great job of balancing the hard training with proper recovery. We’ve raced consistently all season and I expect the regional meet to be no different.”
Competition kicks off at the four-year-old Zimmer Championship Course at noon Central time with the men’s 10,000-meter championship race, followed by the women’s 6,000-meter race at 1:15 p.m. CT.
“When it comes to racing in the championship portion of the season, we just need to do what we’ve been doing all season long,” Nelson said. “Focus on running our race, being tough, and not being thrown off by what others are doing. Our strong team leadership has helped with this focus.”
In the 2012 Great Lakes Regional Championships, also held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, the Marquette men claimed a 15th-place finish, while the women came in 16th. Jack Senefeld and Kayla Spencer are the top returning runners from last year’s regional for the men and women respectively.
MU is quite familiar with the course, having also competed there in its season opener on Sept. 6 for the 2013 Badger Classic. The men earned a third place finish and the women placed fourth. Redshirt senior Spencer Agnew led the men with a seventh-place overall finish. Kellie Greenwood, as she has done in every meet this season, led the MU women, notching a fifth place finish.
The top two teams in each of the NCAA’s nine regions advance to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., along with 13 additional at-large teams, selected by the NCAA. Each of the top-25 individual finishers at Friday’s meet will receive all-region recognition.
Marquette women’s entries (9): Kellie Greenwood, Brittney Feivor, Kayla Spencer, Rebecca Pachuta, Elisia Meyle, Sarah Ball, Alison Parker, Maggie O’Loughlin and Hannah Frett. Women’s teams competing (34)