WSC runners end season at region cross country championships
Wayne State College finished 24th out of 28 teams with 699 points Saturday morning at the NCAA Division II Central Regional Men’s Cross Country Championships held at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course in Joplin, Missouri. Junior Dylan Kessler and senior Isaias Solorio were the top two Wildcat finishers.
Host Missouri Southern captured the men’s team title with 55 points followed by Augustana and Sioux Falls from the NSIC placing second and third with 73 and 113 points respectively. All three teams advance to the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa. on December 1.
MSU Moorhead (186) and Southwest Baptist (207) rounded out the top five teams with Fort Hays State sixth at 209 points and Nebraska-Kearney seventh with 212 points. WSC was 10th out of the NSIC teams competing and 24th overall with a team score of 699 points.
Kessler (Apacche Junction, Ariz.) was Wayne State’s top finisher, covering the 10,000-meter course in a time of 33:40 to place 129th out of a field of 192 runners. Madison senior Isaias Solorio was next in 131st place at 33:42 with Benkelman sophomore Bailey Peckham following in 143rd place with a time of 33:58.
Other Wildcat runners included – Bryce Holcomb (149th place – 34:11), Nathan Pearson (160th – 34:53), Jesus Arellano (172nd – 35:50) and Brock Hegarty (176th – 36:19).
Wayne State men’s finishers at NCAA Central Regional Championships
Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course – Joplin, Missouri (10,000-meters)
129. Dylan Kessler 33:40
131. Isaias Solorio 33:42
143. Bailey Peckham 33:58
149. Bryce Holcomb 34:11
160. Nathan Pearson 34:53
172. Jesus Arellano 35:50
1765. Borck Hegarty 36:19
The Wayne State College women’s cross country team had a team score of 765 points to place 27th out of 35 total teams at the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships held in Joplin, Missouri at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.
The University of Mary easily won the women’s team title with 29 points followed by fellow NSIC school Augustana in second at 64 points. Pittsburg State won a tiebreaker with Oklahoma Baptist for the third and final national qualifying spot with both teams scoring 122 points. Southwest Baptist was fifth at 176 points. Wayne State was 11th out of the 15 teams from the NSIC in the meet and finished 27th overall with 765 points.
McCartney, a graduate of Lawrence-Nelson HS, was the first Wildcat runner to cross the finish line taking 120th overall from a field of 237 runners with a time of 24:09 on the 6,000-meter course. Senior Joan Jelimo was next for Wayne State in 128th overall at 24:21.
Other Wildcat runners were – Andrea Torres (164th – 25:06), Kim Lowman (176th – 25:22), Allie Rosener (177th – 25:22), Amanda Mote (192nd – 25:45) and Joana Sato (199th – 26:03).
Wayne State women’s finishers at NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships
Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course – Joplin, Missouri (6,000-meters)
120. Molly McCartney 24:09
128. Joan Jelimo 24:21
164. Andrea Torres 25:06
176. Kim Lowman 25:22
177. Allie Rosener 25:22
192. Amanda Mote 25:45
199. Joana Sato 26:03