@IUKXC kicks off their season at Bluffton
Cross Country - Sat, Sep. 2, 2017
Location: Bluffton, Ohio
Race: Bluffton University Invitational
Full Results: Click Here
· Women's 5K (3.11 Miles)
o 5th of 10
o Team Score: 108
o Total Time: 1:42:42
· Men's 6K (3.73 Miles)
o 8th of 9
o Team Score: 239
o Total Time: 1:49:59
Top Finishers – Women:
· Taryn Thor finished first for the Cougars and second overall out of the 90 runners with a time of 18:22.8. This time not only set her only 0:07.8 seconds behind the leader, but also set a new IU Kokomo school record.
· With 21:53.2, Brooke Runyon posted a personal record and finished 51st.
· Also finishing in the top 15, Brittany Sloan crossed the line at 19:38.1 for second on the Cougar squad and 11th overall.
· After being injured for the majority of the season last year, Caitlin Eltzroth returned to the course with a time of 21:24.4, finishing third for IU Kokomo.
· Sierre Colvin missed all of last season due to injury, but was able to return this year with a 23:47.4 finish in her first race back.
Women's Performance from Head Coach Jason VanAlstine:
"We had a really good race yesterday. This is the deepest team I've had as a coach and it showed with strong performances from our 3-7 spots yesterday and a 5th place team finish. Sierra returned from an injury that kept her out all of last year. Taryn ran her first race with us in two years, while Cait and Taylor returned from injuries that kept them out most of last year. At the top of the roster, Taryn set a new school record with an 18:22. She took the race out leading the pack at the mile mark and she and the eventual race winner pulled away from the pack in the second mile with Taryn hanging on for second. Meanwhile Brittany was in 23rd place at the mile mark and passed 12 people in the next two miles, moving up to 11th by the finish. Both she and Taryn earned awards for their top 15 finishes in a very competitive race. The race of the day on the women's side may have gone to freshmen Allison McMinn, who moved up to 4th on the team by the finish, using a strong last mile to pass many people."
Top Finishers – Men:
· The first to cross the finish for the Cougars was Ethan Sharp with a 21:04.1 time and a 51st-place finish overall.
· Finishing 68 out of 117 runners, Jordan Fivecoate crossed second for IU Kokomo at 21:27.9.
· Coming in under the top 75, Ethan Dubbels finished in the same minute at 21:41.9.
· All four of the freshmen finished consecutively in the first race of their collegiate careers:
o Hunter Purtee – 22:46.6
o Adam Rood – 22:58.2
o Sam Robinson – 23:05.5
o Jeremy Jakes – 24:41.2
Men's Performance from Head Coach Jason VanAlstine:
"It is a bit hard to make time comparisons because men rarely race 6K races, but overall it was a good way to get back into racing after a long break since last fall. The top 3 spots on the team went to returning runners Ethan Sharp, Jordan Fivecoate, and Ethan Dubbels, all finishing between 21 and 22 minutes. All 3 still looked strong at the finish and should have good showings when we step up to 8K next week. I was especially happy to see (Sophomore) Ethan Sharp lead the team after struggling with injuries during his freshmen year. The next 4 finishers were freshmen, all competing in their first college race. Hunter, Adam, and Sam ran in a pack for the first 2 miles, with Hunter pushing the pace through the third mile and maintaining to the finish as our 4th runner. Adam and Sam followed shortly after. The race of the day definitely went to Jeremy Jakes. He ran a 5K PR in this race and held on to finish in 24:41 for the full 6K . The freshmen will have a new challenge next week, racing their first official 8Ks."
Overall thoughts from Head Coach Jason VanAlstine:
"Yesterday was a really fun meet. We had 17 people run, and it was the first college race for seven of them. Six freshmen had their first race and with several others returning from injuries. Basically, it was almost a new team and they really came through with a great performance to start the season. I am excited to be closer to home next week, on a fast course at IWU. As always, I am grateful to the friends and family that made the trip to see the team run at Bluffton. With the meet being so close next week I hope that people will be able to come support the team at IWU next week or Purdue the following week!"
Both teams will travel to Marion Indiana for the Indiana Wesleyan University Twilight Classic on September 8th at 5:00 pm.