Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
Ky. - The Northern Kentucky University cross country teams will
face stiff competition when they travel to Louisville to take part
in the 2008 Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic at E.P. Tom
Sawyer State Park on Saturday.
Due to the massive
number of entrants, the Greater Louisville Sports Commission has
broken the men’s and women’s races into two separate
events each – the Gold and Blue Divisions. Both NKU squads
will be taking part in the Gold Division races, which is made up
of mostly NCAA Division I competition.
Among the teams
the NCAA Division I teams that NKU will be squaring off against
are Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals Southern Indiana, Bellarmine,
and Missouri S&T.
meet) will give us our first glimpse of Southern Indiana, which
is ranked nationally in the top-15 for both their men’s and
women’s programs,” NKU head coach Steve Kruse said.
“Aside from USI, there are some other very, very good teams
that will be in attendance and challenge our teams.”
The Norse are
coming off strong individual and team performances in the 36th Annual
Sean Earl Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Ill., on Sept.
of our teams had favorable starting positions and both were able
to get out of the gate well. The men’s strategy was to set
an even but competitive pace and work together whenever possible,”
a sophomore from Alexandria, Ky., was able to take full advantage
of that strategy has his time of 25:17 was the second-fastest eight-kilometer
time in program history. For his 13th place performance, Harris
was awarded the team runner of the week honor.
and Ryne Smith each scurried their way to strong performances. Shoulta
finished the course in a time 25:52 while Smith finished with a
time of 26:10.
The Norse welcomed
back Zach Koehler to the course after battling a nagging injury
throughout the preseason and the beginning of the regular season.
Koehler might have only finished fourth on the team and 57th overall,
but as Kruse stated, “It was a much welcomed sight to see
Zach back in the line-up and doing what he does best while tearing
through the back 40 of this segmented course.”
The women were
led by Jenna Siemer’s 19:05 performance in their five-kilometer
race. Siemer, a graduate of St. Henry, averaged a 6:09 mile on her
way to a 43rd place finish.
only had 3.1 miles to get the job done, which does not give a runner
much time,” Kruse said. “Our girls needed to establish
early, battle the second mile, and run possessed the last mile.
After a good start, the race just got away from us. Jenna ran a
nice first mile and followed up acceptably, but faded in the final
ran a nice race and finished 81st with a time of 19:43. Laker, a
junior from Batesville, Ind., was closely followed by teammates
Jerrica Maddox, Rose Morgan, Kira Cooper, and Tarah Cole –
all finished within 1:04 of Laker.
The 2008 Greater
Louisville Classic will be comprised of a women’s field that
includes 596 individual competitors on 62 teams while the men’s
field includes 661 harriers on 65 squads.
Gold Division race will begin at 9:30 a.m. while the women’s
Gold Division race will start 10:15 a.m.