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The Spartan men and women ended a great 2012 cross country season at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships in Rend Lake, IL. The women finished 31st in the nation and the men were 33rd. The 2012 meet was the largest national championship meet held in the history of the NJCAA. There were more than 50 teams with 500+ runners competing. Spartan sophomore Kalli McCann made history herself by finishing 46th. This is the highest placing by a female runner in Southwestern's cross country history. The Spartan men were led by freshman Gage Beers of Osceola. Beers finished in 150th to pace the Spartans.
When asked to sum up the season Head Coach Bill Huntington remarked, "This year's team was one of the hardest working teams we have ever had at Southwestern. Their performances at nationals and throughout the season were phenomenal. A lot of that had to do with Kenny Blass, Delaney Turner, Regina Hafner, Adam Pool, Dave Prchal, and Kalli McCann. Their leadership was invaluable to our team."
The Spartan men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Marshalltown on Friday, October 26, for the Region XI Championships. The men’s team finished third, led by sophomore Dave Prchal, who finished 24th overall with a time of 28:36 for the 8k race and was named to the Honorable Mention All-Region team. Prchal was followed by freshman teammates Auston Carter (27th) and Gage Beers (28th).
The Spartan women were led by sophomore Kalli McCann who came in 10th place with a time of 20:00 for the 5k women’s distance. For her top 10 finish, McCann was named to the Region XI Second Team. Fellow sophomores Delaney Turner (22nd) and Regina Hafner (24th) were named to the Honorable Mention All-Region team.
Congratulations to the Spartans on another great cross country season.
The Southwestern Spartan men and women runners had strong performances over the weekend as the men finished 4th/10 and the women 6th/10 at Sauk Valley Invitational. The women were led by Kalli McCann (pictured) who finished 7th overall for the women. The women's race was run in a torrential downpour but the rain and the slick course did not slow down the Spartans. Regina Hafner, Delaney Turner, Courtney Wagner and Kristin Klocksiem rounded out the top five scorers for the Spartans as they finished strong in preparation for the upcoming Regional Championships.
The Spartan men got to run in the rain as well finishing fourth overall in what could be best described as tough conditions. Auston Carter (13th, pictured) and Dave Prchal (17th) led the men in a strong field. This was a very strong showing for the men as they were able to defeat a strong Illinois Central squad and a Prairie Valley State team that had beaten them earlier in the year. Finishing out the top five for the Spartans were Gage Beers, Rayvonne Brown and Josh Cobb.
The Spartans are off for a week before the Regional Championships in Marshalltown.
Cedar Rapids- The Spartan harriers were on top of their game at the Lamb KoHawk Invitational in Cedar Rapids this past weekend. On a cool, crisp, and windy morning, 12 Spartan runners set all time personal records in the 8K for men and the 6k for women. Spartan Assistant Cross Country Coach Cari Stalker said, "This was a great day for our runners. The weather was windy and cold, yet we ran some incredible times on a challenging course."
Leading the way for the men were Gage Beers, freshman from Osceola, and Auston Carter, freshman from Coon Rapids. Stalker said it was a battle to the end with Carter edging Beers to finish 20th. Four Spartan men ran the 8k in less than 29 minutes to finish fifth overall.