November 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
Men's Results | Women's Results
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Indiana Tech cross country teams competed in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship Meet on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Michigan where the men finished in third place and the women in fourth.
Aquinas College placed five runners in the top-10 to run away with the men’s title while Cornerstone University took a one-point victory on the women’s side as both team’s earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships.
The Warriors did have success at the individual level, seeing three runners take home All-Conference honors. Junior Aaron Belcher (Mooresville, IN/Mooresville) landed on the First Team All-WHAC, and freshman Brenna Conger (Packwood, IA/Pekin) and sophomore Cherie Gaines (Farmington Hills, MI/Farmington Hills) earned Honorable Mention.
In the men’s 8-kilometer race, Belcher found himself crossing the finish line in second place overall, just six seconds behind the winner, with a personal-best time of 25:27. Senior Matt Kimbrell (Muncie, IN/Muncie Southside) was second for Tech finishing in 16th place overall with a season-best time of 26:07.
Finishing the scoring for the Warriors were freshmen Marcus Hobbs (Nineveh, IN/Indian Creek), Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn), and Brenden Zoltek (Columbia City, IN/Columbia City). Watts and Zoltek ran personal-best times of 26:21 and 26:33, respectively.
With the men’s overall individual winner being a Saint, Belcher’s second place finish guarantees him a spot as a second-year national qualifier.
On the women’s side, Conger would finish first for the Warriors in their 5-kilometer race placing 11th overall, earning a career personal-best of 19:03. Second for the Warriors across the line would be Gaines in 13th place.
Rounding out the scoring on the women’s side was junior Becca Lamb (North Ridgeville, OH/North Ridgeville), senior Aubree Reichel (Puyallup, WA/Wiesbaden), and Ashlee Satterfield (Marengo, IN/Crawford County).
Conger and Gaines’ top-15 finish puts them in a place to potentially qualify for the NAIA National Championships.
Cornerstone and Aquinas have been nationally ranked all season, and only one point separated the Golden Eagles and the Saints first and second place finishes in the overall team results. If Aquinas is granted an at-large bid to the National Championships, it can be assumed that Conger and Gaines have qualified as individuals. The official results are expected sometime early next week.
The NAIA Cross Country National Championships are scheduled for Nov. 17 at Fort Vancouver, Washington, hosted by Concordia University (Oregon).
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