Cross Country Teams End Seasons at NCAA Regionals

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Courtesy: White and Blue Review (www.whiteandbluereview.com)

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Creighton men's and women's cross country teams ended their seasons at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Peoria, Ill., on Saturday. The men's team finished 24th, while the women's team finished 26th at the event held at Newman Golf Course.

Creighton's men were led by sophomore Chris Culhane, who led the team in every race this year. He ran the 10,000-meter course in 31:58, good for a 79th-place finish. It was the Jays' first 10,000 meter race if the year.

Junior Casey Jergenson was Creighton's second-best finisher. He crossed the finish line in 33:48 and placed 148th. Freshman Colin Honeker and sophomore Tom Shimp finished back-to-back in 156th and 157th. Their times were 34:27 and 34:28, respectively. Rounding out the scoring for the Bluejay men was junior Evan Daugherty, whose time of 34:47 resulted in a 160th-place finish.

The Bluejay women were paced by freshman Slaine Kelly, competing in her first career NCAA Regionals. She finished 108th with a 6,000-meter time of 22:20. It was an improvement of 37 seconds on Kelly's time in Lincoln, Neb., on Sept. 18, the team's only previous 6,000-meter competition.

Following Kelly was fellow freshman Meagan Wilderson, who finished 149th with a time of 23:16. Freshman Lauren Hintz and senior Carleen O'Brien finished only six seconds apart for the Jays in 184th and 185th place. Their times were 25:31 and 25:37, respectively. Sophomore Izzy Squires was the last runner to contribute to Creighton's team score. She finished in 187th place after crossing the finish line in 26:02.

The Creighton cross country teams will be back in action in the spring.

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