Sunday, October 30, 2011
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – After a spectacular 2011 cross country season, the one thing missing from sophomore Brogan Austin’s resume was an individual title as the Boone, Iowa, native had two second-place finishes.
At the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on Sunday, Austin showed that the third time was the charm as he won the 8,000-meter race at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
“I have been looking forward to this for a long time,“ said Austin. “Things worked out the way that I had hoped. This result will give me more confidence heading into regionals in a few weeks.”
Austin crossed the line in 25:15.0, to become the first Drake runner since Bobby Anderson in 2004 to take home the individual title.
“It is hard to win as a sophomore going up against the tough competition in the Valley,” said head coach Dan Hostager. “ Brogan has really dedicated himself and he isn’t afraid to put the work in to be successful. Brogan wasn’t feeling the best heading into this weekend but to his credit competed very well. All college athletes like to win but Brogan is one of those guys who hates to lose.”
Austin along with fellow sophomore Omet Kak (Des Moines, Iowa) earned all-conference honors as Kak finished the course in 25:27.9 to claim seventh-place.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished in third place with 66 points. Host Indiana State won the meet with 34 points, while Southern Illinois was second with 48 points.
Sophomore Doug Brady (Englewood, Colo.) just missed all-conference honors with an 11th place finish crossing the line in 25:31.6.
Senior Colin Hagan (Wichita, Kan.) was 14th in 25:45.4 while senior Matt Jurysta (Oshawa, Ontario) and freshman Conor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) earned placings of 32nd (26:23.0) and 33rd (26:23.6), respectively.
“I was very proud of our efforts,” said Hostager. “We didn’t the get the team result we wanted to heading into the weekend, but they put in a heck of an effort. They ran hard and were beat by two very tough teams.”
Drake will have two weeks to rest up before the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship hosted by Northern Illinois University on Nov. 12 in DeKalb, Ill. The 10,000-meter race will be held at the NIU North 40 course.