MADISON, WIS. – The Bowling Green State University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Friday afternoon. The women earned a 17th place finish in the 6,000-meter run, while the men took the 28th overall position in the 10K at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course at the University of Wisconsin.
The women earned 516 points, finishing the course in a collective time of 1:51:22 and an average time of 22:17. Bowling Green beat out four Mid-American Conference schools, including Akron (18th), Kent State (20th), Ball State (24th) and Western Michigan (27th). Michigan took the top spot in the race, finishing the day with 41 points, and an average finish time of 20:34. Toledo, fresh off a MAC Championship, was the highest ranking MAC school with a fifth place finish.
"With five freshmen, a sophomore, and a junior; this was our highest team and individual performance at the NCAA Regional Championships since 2008," said head coach Lou Snelling. ""Considering our youth, we handled the size and competitiveness of the race well. With returning the entire squad next year, we should bring in a ton more confidence and experience which will help us take that next step in results."
Redshirt freshman Jasmine Redman paced the women, finishing the course in 21:59, ranking 80th overall. Redshirt freshman Andrea Alt came in second for the Orange and Brown, earning a 103rd place finish with a time of 22:15. Abby Koch (22:18), Kendra Kezur (22:23) and Rebecca Rae (22:27) rounded out the Falcons' top five, finishing in 106th, 110th and 117th, respectively.
"I'm proud of Jasmine for putting together the race she knew she could run," said Snelling. "That's a positive way for her and the team to end their season."
The men finished the 10K with a point total of 899, and an average finish time of 35:35. Tim Jurick crossed the finish line first for the Orange and Brown, completing the course in 35:05 for a 170th place finish.
Jurick's first place finish among Bowling Green competitors marks his first top finish since the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener, when he paced the Orange and Brown with a ninth overall finish. Sophomore Tom Hipwell finished second for Bowling Green, earning a 173rd place finish with a time of 35:11. Joe van Bolderen (35:36), Perry Fraylick (35:54) and Jeremy Richard (36:06) rounded out the Falcons' top-five finishers.
The men are now off until 2013, while the women begin preparation for the track and field season.