Nukuri and Armstrong Qualify for NCAA Championship Meet

Nov. 11, 2006

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Minneapolis, MN – The men and women’s cross country teams traveled to Minneapolis, MN, to compete in the Midwest regional meet. The women competed in 6,000-meter race, while the men raced in the 10,000-meter race. This meet was the qualifying meet for the NCAA cross country championship meet.

Winning the women’s individual title and breaking her third school record was first year Hawkeye, Diane Nukuri (20:34). Nukuri, a junior, also earned herself an automatic spot in the NCAA championship meet. The pervious school record was set by teammate Meghan Armstrong, a junior, (20:49) last year at pre-nationals. Armstrong crossed the finish line second for the Hawkeyes. Her eighth place finish in a time of 21:05 guarantees her a spot along side Nukuri in the NCAA championship meet. A strong group effort helped the Hawkeyes secure a third place finish and a chance to qualify for the NCAA championship meet. Running for Iowa was; Armstrong (8th, 21:05), junior Racheal Marchand (9th, 21:07), junior Jessica Schmidt (47th, 22:20), freshman Krista Anderson (56th, 22:36), freshman Jolly Burke (71st, 22:51) and junior Molly Esche (92nd, 23:14). Qualifying teams from the Midwest region for the women were Illinois (1st, 44pts.) and Minnesota (2nd, 49pts.).

Nukuri and VanDenend will race Monday, November 20 in Terre Haute, IN, in the NCAA championship meet. At-large bids for qualifiers in the NCAA championship meet will be announced by the Track and Field subcommittee tomorrow afternoon.

WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
(TOP FIVE)

1. Illinois 44 pts.
2. Minnesota 49 pts.
3. IOWA 118 pts.
4. Nebraska 141 pts.
5. Oklahoma State 175 pts.

WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
(TOP FIVE PLUS IOWA)

1. Diane Nukuri (IOWA) 20:34
2. Angela Bizzarri (Illinois) 20:47
3. Emily Brown (Minnesota) 20:48
4. Jessica Eldridge (Oklahoma) 20:49
5. L. Alberston-Junkans (Minnesota) 20:53
8. Meghan Armstrong (IOWA) 21:05
9. Racheal Marchand (IOWA) 21:07
47. Jessica Schmidt (IOWA) 22:20
59. Krista Anderson (IOWA) 22:36
71. Jolly Burke (IOWA) 22:51
92. Molly Esche (IOWA) 23:14