What's Ahead: The Drake University women's cross
country will head east to close out the regular season at the Bradley Classic
Friday, Oct. 12. The race, hosted by Bradley University on a 6-kilometer course
at the Newman Golf Course, is set to start at 4 p.m.
"Our women's team will be going up against some
outstanding competition at the Bradley Classic," Drake head cross country coach
Dan Hostager said. "We're looking
forward to seeing how we stack up against many of our MVC rivals, as well as a
lot of other top teams from the midwest."
Last Time Out: Fifth-year senior Kirsten Lake (Parker, Colo.) continued
her outstanding 2012 campaign running a team-best 22:13 to finish in 28th place
on a 6-kilometer course at the Roy Griak Invitational (Sept. 29).
followed by a foursome of freshmen Bulldogs. Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.), 23:55, Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.), 23:59, Celeste Arteaga (Rock Island, Ill.), 24:33, and Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa), 24:34, rounded
out the top five for Drake.
Juniors Amanda Marwitz (Grayslake Lake, Ill.)
and Allie Heifner (Oregon, Wis.) ran
times of 24:36 and 25:01 respectively.
"We had some great efforts at the Griak meet two
weeks ago, but the team placing was indicative of some tired legs," Hostager
said of his team's 16th place finish in a deep field. "With the great
competition at Griak, it provided valuable experience for our young squad and
will help us with our upcoming meets as well as future goals."
A Year Ago: A young Drake squad was led by
freshman Mariel Fulton (Louisville,
Colo.) who ran the Bradley Classic 6-kilometer course at the Newman Golf Course
in 22:32.07 to finish in 46th place. Lake
followed close behind, crossing the line in 22:26.74 in 59th-place.
Three young runners rounded out the scoring for
the Bulldogs on the afternoon. The freshmen pair of Krista Maguire (Wausau, Wis.) and Melissa Parks (Norfolk, Neb.) came in 99th (23:25.15) and 100th
(23:27.85) respectively. Sophomore Erin Poss (Antioch, Ill.) completed the scoring, placing 106th in 23:30.95.