October 23, 2010
For Immediate Release
Grand Rapids, MI -- The Indiana Tech Men's and Women's cross country teams traveled to Grand Rapids for the 3rd annual NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. The meet including 30 teams on both the men's and women's side and let the warriors see some the top ranked teams in the NAIA.
The women's team finished 4th, finishing behind 3 ranked teams. The women's team was paced once again by senior Mika Davis (Modoc, IN/Union Modoc HS) in 18:42. She was followed by fellow senior Kara Van Horn (Huntington, IN/Huntington North HS) in 19:11, freshman Becca Lamb (Ridgeville, OH/North Ridgeville HS) in 19:21, Veronica Jersey (South Whitley, IN/Whitko HS) in 19:31, and returning to form was senior Alyssa Webb (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central HS) as the fifth women in 19:39. Preosha Graham-Coats (Ft. Wayne, IN/Harding HS) also had a lifetime best of 19:41. The women got a preview of what it will take to upset favorite Aquinas College in two weeks at the WHAC Championships.
The Men's team seeing even more ranked teams then the women (7 of the top 31 teams in the Nation) finished in 8th place. The men were lead by senior John Wainwright (Wolcottville, IN/Lakeland HS) in 25:45, junior Matt Kimbrell (Muncie, IN/Muncie South HS) in 25:46, and running a lifetime best was senior Derek Holst (Columbia City, IN/Whitko HS) in 25:55. Sophomore Cody White (Decatur, IN/Heritage HS) and junior Micky Nelson (Wheat Ridge, CO/Wheat Ridge HS) rounded out the scoring members for Indiana Tech. The Men's team had a great 1-3 punch and need to close the gap on their 4th and 5th runners. They likes many teams have had some sickness come through in the previous two weeks and look to be all getting back at the same time. The Warriors will have stiff competition in two weeks at the WHAC Championship and Aquinas, Cornerstone, and Siena Heights all look to be ranked in the top 25 heading into the meet.
Both the Men's and Women's teams know they need to give their best to knock off their highly ranked WHAC conference opponents and will be working the next two weeks to be ready to leave it all on the course. Seniors Mika Davis, Kara Van Horn, Alyssa Webb, John Wainwright, and Derek Holst would like to see their teams return to nationals in their final campaign.
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