Cross Country Competes at MVC Championships

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Chris Culhane
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Creighton women finished 10th and the men finished ninth at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country championships on Sunday. The nine- team men’s event and the 10-team women’s event took place at the Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk finished first on the women’s side with a time of 17:16. Drake’s Brogan Austin was the best male runner on the day with a time of 25:15. The Indiana State men won their third straight MVC title. Illinois State won the women’s race.

The Creighton women were again led by Meghan Barry and Courtney Sawle. The freshmen continue their impressive debut seasons. Barry finished 32nd running the 5k course in 19:01. Sawle finished 52nd overall with a time of 19:39. Sophomore Meagan Wilderson’s time of 20:22 was good for 68th place.

Junior Izzy Squires (72nd, 20:37), freshman Jessica Johnson (75th, 21:15), sophomore Lauren Hintz (76th, 21:55), and freshman Katie Huyck (77th, 21:57) all finished strong for the Jays.

The men were led by Chris Culhane. The junior finished 30th overall finishing the 8k course in 26:22. Senior Casey Jergenson was the second to cross the line for the Jays. He finished 41st overall with a time of 26:47. Mike Hitt also had a strong showing at the championships. The junior finished 52nd overall with a time of 27:09.

Freshmen Drew Prescott (56th, 27:32), Steve Raimondi (61st, 27:45), junior Tom Shimp (65th, 28:17), senior Joe Hamel (67th, 28:27), and sophomore Danny Diaz (69th, 28:36) also competed as well.

The Jays will take the next couple of weeks to prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12 in DeKalb, Ill.

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