Women Have Best Finish, Men Perform Strong At Great Lakes
Nov. 12, 2011
TOLDEO, Ohio - Sophomore Ashley Vincent led her team to their best regional finish in school history and sophomore Tom Ohlman was the men's top finisher for the Xavier cross country teams at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Championship held Saturday at the Ottawa Park Golf Course.
The Musketeer women recorded a program-best 16th-place team finish, backed by Vincent's new personal 6-kilometer best. Ohlman paced the men's team to a 20th-place finish with his top 10-kilometer time of 32:37.
Xavier's previous best on the women's side was 18th set back in 2008. They were ranked 15th in the region prior to the meet.
Vincent had her best performance of the year and quite possibly her career as she established a new personal-best time of 22:02.6. She finished 64th overall and bested her old mark, set last year at this meet, by 32 seconds.
Eight spots behind Vincent was senior Caylin Howell who concluded her cross country career with a 22:07.9, shattering her old time by 53 seconds. Junior Rachel Clark followed her strong showing at conference meet by finishing 102nd overall with a new personal-best time of 22:32.4, nearly a minute ahead of her old mark.
Sophomore Abby Fischer and junior Kaitlin Price finished 104th and 126th, respectively, wrapping up the scoring runners for Xavier. Each set new individual standards with Fischer clocking a 22:37.1 and Price a 22:57.8.
Ohlman paced the men's squad with his time of 31:21.0, bettering his previous 10K time of 32:37 set as last year's regional meet. It was the fifth time the Carmel, Ind. native was Xavier's top finisher.
The remaining five runners who finished for the men's team also recorded personal bests. Senior Keith Albrektson improved his time at the regional race for the third consecutive year. He finished 61st overall with a time of 31:42.2
Redshirt junior Ben Foley ran in his second regional meet and placed 85th overall with his time of 32:09.8, which cut off 43 seconds off last year's time.
Running in their first 10K races were sophomore Keith Schenkel, and freshmen Connor Buccholz, and Corey Zielinski. They wrapped up the Xavier finishers in 157th, 169th, and 177th respectively. Schenkel posted a 33:43.0, Buccholz ran a 34:07.2, and Zielinski finished with a time of 34:27.8.
Michigan's Danielle Tauro was the women's individual champion with a time of 20:27.9 and helped the Wolverines to the team title with 45 points. Michigan State (77) and Toledo (84) rounded out the top three. The Musketeers finished with 468 points and among the top half of the 33 teams that ran.
Butler's Callum Hawkins took the men's individual championship with his time of 30:01.5. Wisconsin took the team title with 50 points. Indiana (70) and Michigan (104) went two and three. Xavier finished with 515 points. Thirty one teams competed in the men's race.
The race ends a strong season for both the men's and women's teams. Xavier captured the Queen City Invitational team trophy over Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and had seven Top 5 finishes in its races.