The Illinois State University women’s cross country team finished in 22nd place out of 33 schools, while the men’s team finished 18th out of 27 schools at the 2019 NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Complete results can be found at goredbirds.com
Jack Anstey had the 46th best time in the men’s 10k; he recorded a personal best time of 31:59.3. The men’s team finished with 529 points.
“It was a very challenging course,” Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Jeff Bovee said, “The men’s 10k course was super hilly, much more challenging than the course we ran last year … anybody getting a PR I think says a lot.”
ISU’s Jake Gillum (32:49.4, 96th), Tyler Polak (33:32.7, 131st), Tyler Klouda (33:43.2, 137th), Lucas Capistrant (33:47.9, 140th) and Riley Wells (33:56.9, 143rd) rounded out the Redbirds’ 10k lineup.
“Outside of Jack, we have five of our six guys running their first 10k and their first regional meet,” Bovee said. “They packed it up. Their execution couldn’t have been better … For such a young group of guys, I couldn’t be more pleased with how they finished.”
Grace Beattie led the Redbirds in the women’s 6k with an 80th place finish at 22:18.7. She was joined by teammates Rachel Hickey (22:25.6, 91st), Kennidi Knoblock (23:24.7, 154th), Annie Moore (23:26.7, 156th), Phoebe Clowser (23:54.4, 181st) and Macken Brownrigg (24:45.4, 209th).
"Our women's finish was disappointing," Bovee said. "22nd is not what our program has been all about, but I think a lot of that is just the inconsistency all season long. We got ourselves out where we needed to be at the start, but we lost focus as the race went on. We just didn't finish where we had hoped to be."
The women’s team looks to grow from this opportunity for the next cross country season. Until then, the team will turn its attention to the 2019-2020 indoor track and field season that begins at the EIU Early Bird on Dec. 6 in Charleston.