Cross Country Claims Victory in Crosstown Showdown at Great Lakes Regional
Nov. 12, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Xavier University men's and women's cross country teams saved their best performance of the season for Saturday as the men ran to an 18th place finish in the field of 30 teams while the women finished 20th of 32 teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at Indiana University. Each team finished ahead of crosstown rival Cincinnati, which is the first time that Xavier has ever accomplished the feat in cross country.
XU's men turned in a total team effort in the 10K race as the Musketeers were led by freshman Luke Beuerlein for the third consecutive meet. Beuerlein finished 79th overall in the field of 195 runners with a time of 33:27.4. Sophomore Tony Matheus and senior captain Paul Staudigel came in at 115th and 116th, respectively, in 34:18.8 and 34:21.0. Aaron Smith finished in 125th at 34:55.1 and Ben Milroy was the final scorer for Xavier in 126th at 34:56.5. Also competing for XU on Saturday were Clinton Womack (34:57.8) and Austin Riker (36:50.1). The 18th place finish ties Xavier's highest finish ever at the Great Lakes Regional.
"As a team, we are a lot stronger in the longer distances and I am confident that we will be able to take this momentum and carry it into the winter as we prepare for the indoor track season," said Beuerlein.
"I have never been more proud of our team than I am today because we were finally able to beat a great program like UC, which we have tremendous respect for," said Staudigel. "We increased our focus during the week and it definitely showed in the results today."
Amanda Brown capped off the season in the same fashion she began at as the sophomore led the women's team in the 6K meet with a 51st place finish in a time of 22:39.1. Becky Clark turned in a 77th place finish in 23:06.4 while Kelly Sraj finished right behind her at 23:06.9. Sophomore Joanna Gruber was the No. 4 finisher for XU at 23:59.9 while Natalie Lyzinski turned in her best performance of the season as she rounded out the scoring for Xavier with a time of 24:29.7. Ashley Stick finished in 25:11.9 and Heather Stafford turned in a time of 25:12.5 to complete the Xavier lineup. Like the men, the women's 20th place finish ties the program's best-ever finish at the Great Lakes Regional.
Xavier's men complete the season with an overall record of 101-52 while posting a 12-8 mark against Atlantic 10 Conference opponents. The women end the season with an overall mark of 107-43 while going 14-6 against A-10 foes.