Kansas City, Mo. – The MIAA Cross Country Championship is scheduled to get fall championship season underway this weekend. The men’s 8K race is scheduled for 10 a.m. and the women’s 6K race for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 from Principia College Championships Course in Elsah, Ill. hosted by Lindenwood.
On the women’s side, it is Nebraska-Kearney’s Morgan Benesch who returns at the top after finishing third in last year’s race. Emily Harris of Missouri Southern finished just seven seconds behind her and was fourth in 2016. Mary Carr of Southwest Baptist returns after finishing in fifth and Shea Bonine of Fort Hays State comes back after placing sixth. Also returning is Ashley Lawson of Southwest Baptist who eighth and tenth place finisher Micki Krzesinski of Fort Hays State.
On the men’s side the MIAA Champion from last season is returning as Vincent Kiprop returns after running a 23:40.00 last season. The next returner in the top ten for the men is Nolan Zimmer of Northwest Missouri who was fourth will look to improve on a 24:46.70 time. The sixth place finisher also returns in Nebraska-Kearney’s Jahn Landrigan and the tenth place finisher Brayden Clew-Proctor of Northwest Missouri.
Below you will find by school capsules entering the weekend.
For the Jennies it is Jana Palmowski with the best time after she finished in 22:22.92 which was good for fourth at the Jackling Jocks Classic. For the Central Missouri men Ty Hughes enters the weekend with the top time after turning in a 26:10.23 at the Missouri S&T Jackling Jocks Classic.
Central Oklahoma, who will just compete in the women’s event, has yet to run a 6K, but was led in the 5K by Sheri Snyder who finished in 19:25.00 at the Missouri Southern Stampede.
Emporia State’s women are led by Emily Schoenfeld who paced a 17:49.20 at the Fort Hays State Tigers Open which was a 5K race. For the men it is junior Brian Newkirk who finished in 25:07.80 also at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open.
Fort Hays State will look to last year’s fifth place finisher Shea Bonine who turned in a 17:36.50 at the 5K Fort Hays State Tiger Open. For the Tiger men Troy Wineinger used a time of 24:53.50 to finish in 19th place at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers, also just competing on the women’s side, it is a tie for the top time coming in as both Willomena Williams and Ja’lanna Williams have finished in 22:40.30 over 5K this season.
Lindenwood is led on the women’s side by Anna-Lena Theisen who finished in 23:22.40 over 6K at the Pincipia Cowbell Invite. For the men it was Ero Doce turning in the best time as he finished in 25:09.40 at the same race.
For Missouri Southern Christian Provence has the best 6K time on the year running a 22:14.50 at the Missouri S&T Cross Country Invitational. Vincent Kiprop who won the men’s race last year has a season best time of 23:03.60 at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.
For the Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney Morgan Benesch has the best time in a 6K as she ran 22:09.00 at the Woody Greeno Invite. For the men it is Jahn Landrigan with the best time finishing in 24:38.00 at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open.
Northwest Missouri will look to Sammy Laurenzo who turned in a 6K time of 22:44.80 at the Lewis Conference Crossover. For the men it is Brayden Clews-Proctor who earned a 24:35.80 at the very same meet.
Pittsburg State enters the weekend led by Hannah DeVries who finished in 23:24.00 at the Roy Griak Open earlier this season in a 6K race. For the men it is Colby Kromminga entering with the fastest time turning in a 25:20.50 at the Fort Hays State Open.
For Southwest Baptist Alexis Fritz had the top time in a 6K for the women finishing in 22:48.60 at the Principia Cowbell Invite. For the men Jacob Burch turned in a 25:21.20 which was his squad’s best time at the Missouri Southern Stampede.
Washburn’s women, in their first year competing in cross country, are led by Kaylee Snell who finished in 24:17.90 at the 6K course at the Rim Rock Classic. For the men it is Jacob Klemz leading the way with a 24:58.00 at the same race.