Oct. 31, 2010
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VERONA, Wis. – – The University of Iowa cross country squads competed at the Big Ten Championships Sunday in Verona, Wis. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore Jeff Thode on the men’s side and junior Betsy Flood on the women’s. Both were named second team All-Big Ten. The men’s team finished ninth (205 points) and the women’s team carded an eighth place finish (190 points). The races were hosted by Wisconsin at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
Michigan State won on the women’s side, tallying 74 points in the 6K event. The Spartans’ Emily MacLeod finished first, carding a time of 19:53. The Hawkeyes were paced by Flood. She posted a time of 20:36 to finish eighth. The career best time is the fifth best in Hawkeye history. McKenzie Melander finished 34th. The junior ran a career best time of 21:14, the ninth best in school history. Senior Lauren Hardesty carded a time 21:28 to finish 44th. Freshman Megan Ranegar recorded a 51st place finish, turning in a time of 21:37. In addition, junior Brooke Eilers ran a time of 21:41 to finish 53rd. Senior Amanda Hardesty (64th – 22:04) and sophomore Kelsey Hart (70th – 22:20) also competed for Iowa.
Wisconsin won the men’s event for the 12th straight year. The Badgers’ Landon Peacock finished first in the 8K event, recording a time of 23:40. Iowa was paced by Thode. The sophomore, who has led the Hawkeyes in every race this year, finished ninth with a time of 23:56. Mark Battista finished 25th. The senior captain recorded a time of 24:20. Junior Sam Bailin carded a 47th place finish, turning in a time of 24:52. Chase Kadlec finished 61st. The junior ran a time of 25:19. Freshman Andrew Smith finished 63rd. He recorded a time of 25:27. Freshman Nick Young (65th – 25:33) and junior James Paul (67th – 25:45) also competed for the Hawkeyes.
The Hawkeyes continue action Nov. 13 at the NCAA Midwest Regionals in Peoria, Ill., hosted by Bradley University. Teams will meet to determine the top regional teams as well as attempt to earn automatic and at-large bids to the NCAA Championships (Nov. 22, Terre Haute, Ind).