Cross country sends three to national meet

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Cross country sends three to national meet

The men's cross country team gathers before the gun goes off at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational on Oct. 7. Senior Joe Linder always gives a small speech to his teammates to make sure everyone is ready to race. The men's and women's teams prepare to host the Heart Conference meet on Nov. 4.

The men's cross country team gathers before the gun goes off at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational on Oct. 7. Senior Joe Linder always gives a small speech to his teammates to make sure everyone is ready to race. The men's and women's teams prepare to host the Heart Conference meet on Nov. 4.

Lily Stephens

The men's cross country team gathers before the gun goes off at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational on Oct. 7. Senior Joe Linder always gives a small speech to his teammates to make sure everyone is ready to race. The men's and women's teams prepare to host the Heart Conference meet on Nov. 4.

Lily Stephens

Lily Stephens

The men's cross country team gathers before the gun goes off at the Haskell Indian Nations University Invitational on Oct. 7. Senior Joe Linder always gives a small speech to his teammates to make sure everyone is ready to race. The men's and women's teams prepare to host the Heart Conference meet on Nov. 4.

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The cross country team hosted the Heart of America Athletic Conference meet at the Baldwin City Golf Course on Nov. 4.

 The men placed fourth overall and had three runner’s place in the top 20, qualifying them for the national meet. Sophomore Greg Flores finished number one for the ‘Cats with a fifth-place finish overall in a time of 26:25 across the 8 kilometer (4.97 miles) course. Freshman Liam Barnsby placed 10th at 26:42 and senior Joe Linder took 13th at 26:50.

 The three men will run in the national meet on Nov. 18 in Fort Vancouver, Washington. Flores and Barnsby were named 2017 Heart First Team All-Conference. Linder received Honorable Mention All-Conference.

The women took home a fifth-place finish out of 14 Heart teams. Senior Rosie Hollis led the way with an 18th place finish.

MNU took first as a team for women and Missouri Valley finished second. Both will compete as teams in the national meet. Missouri Valley captured the men’s team title and Mount Mercy took second. They will also run as teams at the national meet. 

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  • Senior Joe Linder pushes toward the finish line at the Heart Conference meet on Nov. 4. Linder placed 13th overall and was the final individual qualifier for the national meet. Teammates Greg Flores and Liam Barnsby also qualified for the national meet in Vancouver, Washington.

  • Junior Cole Stallard focuses on the 8 kilometer (4.97 miles) race at the Baldwin City Golf Course. Stallard rounded out the scoring for the men's team by placing fifth on the team and 45th overall. The men's team finished 4th out of the 13 conference teams.

  • En route to his best performance of the year, freshman Liam Barnsby paces himself throughout the 8 kilometer (4.97 miles) race. Barnsby finished in 10th place with a time of 26:42.

  • Seniors Caitlin Apollo and Rachel Campbell run in their final cross country race. The women's team finished fifth in the conference race.

  • Approaching the two mile point in the 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) race, senior Rosie Hollis runs in her final collegiate cross country race. Hollis led the women's team by finishing in 18th place.

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