Tulsa Men Take Third, Women Fifth at Midwest Regionals
Nov. 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Junior Chris O'Hare won the men's individual 10K race in a personal-record 30:25.87 to lead the Tulsa Cross Country team to a third-place finish, while the women placed fifth at the NCAA Midwest Regional Friday afternoon at the MSU Cross Country Course.
The Golden Hurricane men, which were ranked No. 3 in the Midwest Region and 19th in the country entering the meet, finished with 47 team points, just two points shy of national No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Oklahoma, which tied for first place with 45 points. All five Tulsa scorers placed among the top-16 runners.
Junior Josie Wilcox led the TU women in the 6K race with a 28th-place time of 21:34.94. The Hurricane finished fifth with 218 points, behind Iowa State (63), Oklahoma State (95), Minnesota (96) and Northwestern (204).
"I was really happy. Chris won, and they ran a good race," Gulley said. "If you had told me we would have five runners in the top-15, I would have thought we won. It was really close. We came out here and ran well, and everybody is healthy. I think there's no question we're a good team. The women ran really well too. They didn't have their top runner, and the still finished fifth."
Senior Andrew Heyes placed eighth with a personal-best time of 30:30.26 and senior Paulo Pinheiro finished ninth with a personal-best 30:31.20 time. Sophomores Danny Thater and Dennis Hodapp also set personal records and finished 14th and 15th with respective times of 30:42.78 and 30:44.99 to round out the TU men's scoring.
Sophomore Brandi Krieg finished 35th in the women's 6K with a personal-best time of 21:44.48, while senior Ashley Scott ran 21:47.17 to place 38th. Senior Erin Huddleston placed 49th with a time of 21:58.50, and sophomore Lauren Collette capped the TU scoring with a time of 22:24.20 and a 73rd-place finish.
Freshman Marc Scott finished 25th in the men's 10K with a time of 31:00.29, while sophomore Tim Rackers ran 31:08.96 to place 30th. Freshman Olivia O'Hare ran the 6K in a time of 23:08.04 to finish 120th.
The TU men must await their fate, but are in position to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Cross Country Championships to be run Nov. 17. The NCAA will officially announce its Cross Country Championships selections by 11 a.m. CT Saturday.
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MEN'S 10K TEAM RESULTS T1. No. 8 Oklahoma (45) T1. No. 1 Oklahoma State (45) 3. No. 19 Tulsa (47) 4. Illinois (154) 5. Missouri (173) 6. No. 29 Kansas (194) 7. Minnesota (221) 8. Iowa State (227) 9. Southern Illinois (248) 10. Loyola (Ill.) (326) 11. South Dakota State (340) 12. South Dakota (379) 13. Iowa (392) 14. Wichita State (416) 15. UMKC (482) 16. Drake (487) 17. Bradley (518) 18. Eastern Illinois (530) 19. Saint Louis (547) 20. Western Illinois (584) 21. Kansas State (587) 22. DePaul (603) 23. Southeast Missouri State (617) 24. North Dakota (631) 25. Illinois-Chicago (651) 26. North Dakota State (669) 27. Nebraska (681) 28. SIU-Edwardsville (709) 29. Creighton (864)
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