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Sugar Grove, IL-- The Southwestern Spartans used their first road trip of the season to run some outstanding times at the Waubonsee Chiefs Cross Country Meet in Sugar Grove, IL. The Spartan women got a muggy Saturday morning started off by finishing third overall in the team race while placing three runners in the top 18. Leading the way for the Spartans was Kalli McCann who finished third overall in the 5K with a time of 19:03. She was closely followed by Regina Hafner who finished 12th in the race with a time of 21:00.
Coach Huntington was very impressed with the times posted by the Southwestern women. “The improvement from last week to this week was incredible," Huntington explained. "Courtney, Kristin, and Brei on average took off minutes from last week’s race. That has nothing to do with training that is just a mental commitment to excellence. They were awesome.”
Southwestern Community College is hosting the Region XI Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 28, 2011, on the college’s Creston campus. Starting time is 10 a.m. with the women running first. The men will follow 15 minutes after the end of the women’s event. Eight Iowa community college teams will be participating, including DMACC, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Marshalltown, NIACC, and SWCC.
There will be a dinner and awards ceremony for the athletes and their coaches in room 180 of the Instructional Center approximately one hour following the men’s race.
On Saturday, October 15, the Spartan Men and Women Cross Country Teams traveled to Dixon, IL, and competed in the Sauk Valley Invitational hosted by Sauk Valley Community College. It was another stellar day for both teams as the women captured their second invitational crown of the season while the men finished fifth, placing two runners in the top 15.
From Coach Huntington:
We had a fantastic meet at the Grand View Viking Invitational. This was a very important meet for both the men's and women's teams here at Southwestern. We needed to see if we could come off of three weeks of increased mileage and a really fast course at Augustana and compete at the level we need to be at as the season crosses the half way mark. We have had some tremendous growth lately and this meet was a big test for us both physically and mentally. Ewing Park is a very tough course. There are several large hills with a lot of sharp turns over uneven ground. It is not a speed course and the competition was very good with a nationally ranked team in the field and several colleges who will contend for their conference championships.