Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
- When the Northern Kentucky University men’s cross country
team began the season with a perfect score of 15 in the College
Division of the Dayton Flyer 5K, it was a precursor for the rest
Known for running
in closely knit packs, NKU has successfully competed against some
of the nation’s best. It was another total team performance
that led to 66 points and a second-place finish on Saturday in the
Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships - 25 points behind Southern
Indiana, which has won the last four GLVC crowns and captured 15
titles in school history.
a junior from Union, Ky., once again paced the Norse with a fifth-place
finish out of a total of 112 competitors. The Ryle High School graduate
finished the eight-kilometer course in a time of 25:27.1, which
was 38.2 seconds behind race winner Paul Jellema of USI. With his
performance, Jellema was named GLVC Runner of the Year.
has come on this season. He really pushes himself and is a big race
runner who really thrives on the competition. He went after the
leader and it was good to see him put it on the line for the team
today,” NKU head coach Steve Kruse said.
who finished in a time of 25:36.0, was NKU’s second finisher
on the day. Smith’s time was good enough for ninth place overall.
For their performances,
Koehler and Smith each were named All-GLVC, which is a big accomplishment
for the program as it only previously had a total of four earn that
honor. Smith missed Freshman of the Year honors by just 7.9 seconds.
The Freshman of the Year was awarded to Drury’s Jaime Villa
Zapatero, who finished sixth overall.
of Smith’s accomplishment as being “the first NKU freshman
to ever earn All-GLVC honors.”
(13), Drew Harris (16), and Keith Knapp (23) rounded out the pack
of Norse runners who scored points.
was all in all a team effort. We knew what we had to do and we did
it. A lot of times you get in a big race and things don’t
go the way you want them to, but you’ve got to adapt to what’s
dealt and the guys did what they had to do,” Kruse said of
his team’s performance.
For the NKU
women, it was once again Julianne Hoekzema who led the way for her
Norse teammates, despite the increase in race length to six-kilometers.
Hoekzema, a senior from Fairfield, Ohio, placed third out of 91
runners with a time of 21:54.25.
it is going to increase the race time by about or just over four
minutes. You can’t change anything that you as a runner. You
have to hold on to your 5K pace. It isn’t an easy thing to
do, however it is what we train for,” Kruse said about the
increase of distance.
finish was 16 seconds off the time that was set by race winner and
GLVC Runner of the Year, Jessica Lamp of Wisconsin-Parkside –
who finished in a time of 21:38.09. Parkside’s Naomi Fulton
took second place by finishing 10 seconds behind Lamp.
a junior from Villa Hills, Ky., finished the course at Butler University
in a time of 22:43.83 – good enough for a seventh-place finish
and a spot on the All-GLVC Team with Hoekzema.
ran a really tough race today. She went out near the front of the
pack and stayed there,” Kruse said.
(31), Alisha Hansman (38), and Kira Cooper (51) were the other runners
to score points for the Norse. As a team, NKU finished in fourth
place out of 10 squads with a total 120 points.
Behind the performance
of Lamp and Fulton, Parkside took first-place honors with 46 points
followed by Southern Indiana and Bellarmine, which scored 75 and
95 points, respectively. The win was the fourth consecutive GLVC
title for the Rangers and eighth in program history.
some good individual efforts today, but as a team we’re going
to have to do better at regionals because only four teams advance
to nationals, and you can’t perform the way we did today and
expect to advance,” Kruse said.
women’s team, it is an uphill battle. We definitely have to
do better. We need solid efforts from our top seven to do well in
Both teams will
be back in action on Nov. 3 when they travel to Edwardsville, Ill.,
to take part in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional beginning at 11 a.m.
The men are
looking to prove that last year’s fourth place finish wasn’t
a fluke. In preparation for the race that it has looked toward all
season, NKU will continue to keep its eye on the prize by working
going to continue to work hard as we have all season long. It has
been a goal of ours to finish in the top four at regionals and earn
a berth to the nationals, and we’re on pace to do that,”
said Kruse, who is in his 14th year at the helm of the Norse.
are any number of teams that can place in the top four including
ourselves, Missouri-Rolla, Ashland, Southern Indiana, Wayne State,
and Grand Valley State – which won the GLIAC title today.
The meet will be bumped up to a 10-kilometer race and we’re
looking forward to that because that is exactly what we have been
training for since last fall.”