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Cross Country Earns Two Top-10 Team Finishes At Bradley Classic

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: October 18, 2013
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PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams each recorded a top-10 finish on Friday afternoon at the Bradley Classic.

The Drake men’s team took fifth place in the 22-team field with 145 points thanks to a 23rd place finish from Rob McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) on the 8-kilometer course with a time of 25:02.

The Bulldogs’ women’s team was eighth with 306 points while racing against 26 other teams. Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) was Drake’s top finisher on the 6-kilometer women’s course in 21:54.

“I think we had good efforts across the board today,” Drake head coach Dan Hostager said. “We made a lot of good steps in the right direction with solid team finishes against a strong field and a lot of personal bests.”

The competition was Drake’s first in two weeks and its last before November’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

“We looked a little rusty at times,” Hostager said of the return to racing. “But we were able to race against some Valley teams and see where we need to be at in two weeks and the steps we need to take to get there.”

Senior Conor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) had one of his best finishes of the season for the men’s team, coming in 30th in 25:13, followed by Ryan Flynn (Bettendorf, Iowa) who trailed closely in 35th with a time of 25:16. Doug Brady (Englewood, Colo.) and freshman Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed the scoring for Drake in 78th and 85th place respectively.

Behind Scholl’s top finish for the women’s team, sophomore Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) continued her strong season with a 51st place finish in 22:08. Redshirt sophomore Krista Maguire (Wausau, Wis.) was 11 places behind her in 62nd place and a time of 22:19. Erin Poss (Antioch, Ill.) and Amanda Marwitz (Crystal Lake, Ill.) were the final Drake scorers across the line in 90th and 108th place, respectively.

The Bulldogs will have next weekend off from competition to prepare for the MVC Championship on Nov. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University is serving as the host for the 2013 edition of the event at Blank Golf Course.

Bradley Classic
Men’s Results
8 Kilometers
Team Scores
1. Bradley, 82
2. Wichita State, 100
3. Northern Iowa, 116
4. IUPUI, 124
5. Drake, 145
6. Marquette, 164
7. Saint Louis, 190
8. Illinois, 214
9. SEMO, 252
10. UWM, 275
11. Oakland, 278
12. SIUE, 301
13. Missouri, 366
14. South Dakota State, 386
15. WIU, 399
16. DePaul, 426
17. Illinois State, 459
18. Creighton, 478
19. Valparaiso, 557
20. IPFW, 593
21. Murray State, 593
22. UWGB, 613

Drake Men’s Individual Results
(226 Runners)
23. Rob McCann, 25:02
30. Conor Wells, 25:13
35. Ryan Flynn, 25:16
78. Doug Brady, 25:45
85. Reed Fischer, 25:48
132. Ian Harkreader, 26:21
151. Calvin Quarterman, 26:38
184. George Webb, 27:18
193. James Saxton, 27:37

Bradley Classic
Women’s Results
6 Kilometers
Team Scores
1. Missouri, 65
2. Bradley, 81
3. Marquette, 103
4. Wichita State, 131
5. Saint Louis, 136
6. South Dakota State, 165
7. IUPUI, 250
8. Drake, 306
9. Oakland, 313
10. SEMO, 319
11. NIU, 338
12. IPFW, 347
13. Northern Iowa, 352
14. Murray State, 364
15. Western Michigan, 391
16. UWM, 396
17. Creighton, 472
18. Illinois, 490
19. DePaul, 491
20. Illinois State, 539
21. Valparaiso, 580
22. SIUE, 606
23. UWGB, 612
24. WIU, 644

Drake Women’s Individual Results
(238 Runners)
37. Taylor Scholl, 21:54
51. Emma Huston, 22:08
62. Krista Maguire, 22:19
90. Erin Poss, 22:35
108. Amanda Marwitz, 22:42
113. Melissa Parks, 22:46
115. Cassie Aerts, 22:46
130. Angela Ufheil, 22:59
179. Sammy Nielsen, 23:41
186. Kaley McLawhorn, 23:48
188. Allie Heifner, 23:51

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