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The Southwestern Cross Country teams were in action Friday night at the Viking Invitational hosted by Grand View University at Ewing Park in Des Moines, IA. Both teams ran exceptionally well with the women finishing 6th and the men finishing 4th in two very tough fields. Leading the way for the women was Kalli McCann who finished 10th overall. She was followed by Regina Hafner in 30th, Delaney Turner 32nd, Courtney Wagner 35th, Kristin Klocksiem 41st and Brei Theisen. Coach Huntington was impressed with the team's finish and commented, "We ran with a purpose today and our times showed it. Kalli was impressive finishing in the top 10. Courtney had a great race as well. She pitched a softball game across town and then came and ran her best time of the season. The improvement the women are showing is incredible."
Not to be outdone, the Spartan men turned in some solid times to finish fourth in a field that was dominated by four-year colleges. Auston Carter (pictured on right with Dave Prchal, left) led the men finishing 14th in a time of 28:18. Huntington said, "Auston's race was great to watch. He, along with all of the men, wanted to show that they can compete with anyone and they certainly did that with their fourth place finish."
The Spartan men had four runners under 30 minutes in the 8K race and are really gearing up as they near the middle of their season. For complete results check the cross country schedule page.
The Southwestern Spartan cross country runners continued to show the signs of teams on the rise after their performances at the Les Duke Invitational at Grinnell College. After coming off of two very strong performances at the Waubonsee Invitational the Spartan Men and Women took the huge jump in competition in stride and ran some fantastic times at the "Duke."
Leading the way for the Spartan men was Dave Prchal (Omaha, NE) as he paced the team to a top 13 finish. Out front for the 24th ranked Spartan Women, was Kalli McCann (Osceola, IA) finishing 39th in a time of 25:02 over the tough 6K course. Coach Huntington was very excited with the results on Saturday. "We came into this meet a little sore and tired after a week of strong training after the incredible finishes at Waubonsee. We knew we had to bring our game to Les Duke given all of the great teams that were going to be there and we ran very well. Dave and Kalli ran especially well leading our squads."
For complete results follow the links on the Spartan cross country schedule page.
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.