NCAA Midwest Regionals Await Hawkeyes

Nov. 10, 2003

THIS WEEK – The University of Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Stillwater, OK, Saturday to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on the campus of Oklahoma State. The women’s 6,000-meter race will begin at noon (CT) and the men’s 10,000-meter race will begin at 11 a.m. (CT) at the OSU Cross Country Course.

IOWA AT THE 2002 CHAMPIONSHIPS – The Hawkeye women did not compete at the Midwest Regional a year ago.

RECORD BREAKER – Freshman Nikki Chapple recorded the fastest 6,000-meter time in school history at the NCAA Pre-National Meet October 18th. Chapple finished the course in 21:45, eclipsing the old mark of 21:58 set by teammate Sarah Arens in 2000. The NCAA Pre-National Meet was only the second competition of Chapple’s young career.

HAWKEYE COACH Layne Anderson – Layne Anderson enters his first season as Iowa women’s head cross country coach. Anderson served as the head men’s and women’s cross country coach and assistant track coach at Auburn University prior to joining the Iowa staff. During his tenure at Auburn, he coached seven all-Americans, two SEC champions and 58 academic all-SEC performers.

QUOTING COACH ANDERSON – “We are going to need a complete group effort if we want to improve on last weekend’s finish. We recieved a solid effort from our front four runners but we need to have that fifth runner come through for us if we want to compete at the regionals.”

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